City planners expressed support Monday for a proposal to convert the former C.W. Livery Building in Buffalo into a second location for the Emerson School of Hospitality.
But the project still needs variances from the Zoning Board of Appeals before the Planning Board can approve it.
McGuire Development Co., hospitality veteran Mark Croce and James Jerge are teaming up to convert the six-story building at 73 West Huron into an 80,000-square-foot school for 500 students.
The $30 million project will renovate the old stable and add a two-story gymnasium.
The school will complement the existing Emerson on West Chippewa Street, allowing students to take classes at both sites, said Paul McDonnell, director of facilities for the school district. The location will enable Emerson to expand to sports, events, hotel and retail management, working with Croce's Curtiss Hotel next door -- and possibly Bills owners Terry and Kim Pegula.