Not content with just redoing Our Lady of Lourdes Church on Main Street and adding a medical office building next door, developer William Paladino now wants to add a new eight-story hotel and parking ramp to his growing St. Paul Mall project.
Paladino said his firm is planning to put up a new four-story parking ramp with a 107-room hotel on top of it, to be located at 1091 Main.
That's in addition to the developer's renovation of the church at 1115 Main and construction of the six-story office building connected to it, which are now underway.
The new building, which has not yet been formally presented to the city for approval, would be situated behind the church and office building, on what is currently a parking lot. It would stretch back toward Ellicott Street, just one block north of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, which would likely be a prime target for its business.
The proposal has not yet gone through code review by city officials, so it's not clear if it will pass muster. But Paladino said they hope to start work in the spring of 2019, with completion by September or October.
The new building would represent the third phase of the overall project, which Ellicott Development has been working on since it began acquiring properties on and around St. Paul Mall — including the former church itself — several years ago. The company now owns about six acres between Ellicott and Main streets, with St. Paul Street cutting down the middle of the site.
The $4 million first phase of the project involves redevelopment of the old church "that was severely dilapidated and ripped apart," Paladino told the New York State Commercial Association of Realtors' Western New York chapter.
The developer installed new windows and added two more floors into the cathedral nave of the 32,128-square-foot building, creating three apartments on the third floor and 5,700 square-feet of "creative work environment" on the second floor. The first floor will offer retail services for "people working in the medical corridor," Paladino said.
In the $45 million second phase, Ellicott is putting up a 180,000-square-foot medical office building, currently under construction. He estimated about 50,000 square feet is already spoken for, but the top three floors are still available.
Those two phases, both on the north side of St. Paul Street, should be completed between June and August of next year, Paladino said.
On the other side of St. Paul, Paladino said he envisions a future development of a seven- or eight-story building on a long slender lot extending most of the way from Ellicott Street back toward Main. No tenants are lined up yet, however.
"We'll wait to see how the absorption goes in the other building first, and then proceed," Paladino said.