McGuire Development Co. got the green light to proceed with construction of a planned 48,000-square-foot office building in front of its Compass East project on Michigan Avenue, after winning over a neighborhood group and nearby church.
The developer plans to erect the new facility at 425 Michigan Ave., at the front end of the long parking lot for Compass East, formerly Sheehan Memorial Hospital.
The proposal had already been reviewed by the Buffalo Planning Board, but officials wanted to wait for final approval until the developer had met with the Copper Town Block Club to alleviate any concerns over parking, debris removal and noise. Residents also wanted to ensure the building's modern appearance would mesh with the area's historic character.
The meeting was held, and Erie County Legislator Barbara Miller-Williams, who also lives in the neighborhood, praised the developer's outreach efforts.
"This is a project that will spur economic development along the Michigan Avenue corridor," Miller-Williams said. "We're fortunate enough to have this modern-looking building. We wanted to make sure that the future meets the past."