Ellicott Development Co.'s plans for a new Tim Hortons to anchor a mixed-use building at the edge of Buffalo's business district have ground to a halt, after the city's Zoning Board of Appeals this week rejected a drive-thru for the site.
Ellicott CEO William Paladino said Thursday that the proposed two-story building at the corner of Michigan Avenue and William Street was dead because the requested zoning variance was critical to the project and was a requirement of the lease with the Canadian coffee chain.
"Tim Hortons isn’t going to proceed without a drive-thru, so that project isn’t going to move forward," Paladino said. "Without a drive-thru, they’re not doing the location, and we’re not going to do a spec building."
Ellicott had proposed construction of a 9,336-square-foot building with a Tim Hortons Cafe & Bake Shop at 474 Michigan, on the northwest corner of the intersection. The site has been vacant for nearly 20 years.
Plans had called for retail space on the first floor, including the coffee shop, while the second floor would have three apartments. The proposal had also included 27 parking spaces, according to the site plan that was submitted to the city.
The project had been slated to come to the Planning Board on Monday, but the Zoning Board rejection made that moot.