The Buffalo Planning Board approved a proposal by Uniland Development Co. to build a new and right-sized downtown post office, next door to the current location that the developer acquired.
The Amherst-based firm plans to construct a 2,685-square-foot building at 677-695 Washington St., to provide walk-up services and post-office boxes for customers.
That would replace the longtime Ellicott Station facility just to the south at 701 Washington St., which has served that ZIP code since 1977, but which Uniland purchased in November for $3.05 million. The developer has not yet decided what to do with the older two-acre property.
As part of the purchase, Uniland was required to construct a new post office in the same area to maintain services. The new concrete building would feature a red-brick facade with a fiber-cement board rain-screen panel, as well as a brick banding and a canopy over the parking lot entrance.
It will have a rear loading dock and both secure and public entrances on Washington. It also would share a parking lot with another building in back that was already constructed by Uniland at 520 Ellicott St.
No zoning variances were required, but Uniland did obtain an "administrative appeal" from a Green Code requirement that civic buildings be constructed by government agencies or nonprofits, not private developers.
Construction is expected to take nine months.