Ellicott Development Co. hopes to start construction within 45 days on a six-story, retail and office building next to Our Lady of Lourdes Church on Main Street.
The development company plans to unveil adaptive-reuse plans for the church shortly.
Ellicott Development, owned by Carl and William Paladino, received city approval earlier this year to construct a $35 million retail and office building at 1091 Main St., which will connect directly to the church via a glass-enclosed atrium.
The 194,000-square-foot building, designed by Smith & Associates and planned for a parking lot south of the church, will have a combination of retail and office space on the first floor and five floors of medical or office space above. It will feature a blend of colors and materials to tie it to the church, while offering a more modern look designed to fit in with the nearby development on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. The 87-foot-tall building will also include basement parking for 50 vehicles, as well as a loading dock.
The Buffalo Planning Board on Monday approved Ellicott Development's request to combine 17 parcels on Main and St. Paul streets into two in order to obtain the necessary building permits for the project.
The project is expected to be completed within a year.
The developer is still working with the city to obtain control of several other adjacent properties to the east and southeast, for temporary overflow surface parking and eventually for another development. Tom Fox, Ellicott's director of development, said he hopes that will "come to fruition" within 30 to 45 days.
Reuse of the church, located at 1115 Main, is still being finalized. Fox said St. Paul Street will remain a public street and will be extended and reconnected to Ellicott Street.