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New Tim Hortons proposed for Michigan and William

The region could be getting another Tim Hortons.

Ellicott Development Co. wants to build a 9,336-square-foot mixed-use building with a Tim Hortons Cafe & Bake Shop on the eastern edge of downtown Buffalo. The two-thirds-acre site, at 474 Michigan, is at the northwest corner of Michigan Avenue and William Street, and has been vacant for nearly 20 years.

The planned two-story building would include retail space on the first floor, with the Canadian chain taking up a portion of that, while the rest would be reserved for future use, according to a letter to the Zoning Board from Ellicott Director of Development Tom Fox.

The second floor would include three apartments, with a mix of two- and three-bedroom options. There would be 27 parking spaces, according to the site plan.

Ellicott is seeking a variance from the Zoning Board of Appeals on Wednesday to permit a drive-thru – a standard feature for the coffee-and-doughnut chain. The project would then come to the Planning Board.

"The presence of a drive-thru is critical for the operation and success of our anchor tenant," Fox wrote, noting that it's part of the lease agreement.

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