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Ellicott to be named designated developer of Main-Best parcel

Ellicott to be named designated developer of Main-Best parcel

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1127 Main

This vacant city-owned parcel at 1127 Main may go to Ellicott Development Corp., under a designated developer agreement.

Ellicott Development Corp. is poised to take responsibility of a grassy city-owned lot at the southeast corner of Main and Best streets, even as it continues its redevelopment of the St. Paul Mall properties just down the street.

The Buffalo-based firm owned by Carl and William Paladino is expected to be named designated developer of the triangular parcel at 1127 Main, adjacent to a Metro PCS store and across from the Summer/Best Metro Rail station.

The quarter-acre commercial property is owned by the Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency, which will meet on Thursday to vote on the proposal. BURA had last issued a request-for-proposals for the site six years ago.

The vacant land is currently assessed by the city at $151,100, but Ellicott and city officials have not yet agreed on a purchase price. 

The agency did not say specifically what Ellicott's plans would be, but noted that Ellicott is also buying the adjacent property at 1125 Main, and plans to redevelop them together as a mixed-use building. William Paladino said that – while he had no specific plans yet for the site – it would be related to a "future phase" of the ongoing work at 1091 Main.

1091 Main.2

A rendering of the project renovating the former Our Lady of Lourdes Church and construction of the adjacent medical building. Ellicott Development is now also proposing a new 8-story hotel, retail and parking building across St. Paul St. (Image courtesy of the Buffalo Planning Board)

Ellicott has been busily tackling the $42 million redevelopment of the block between East North and Best streets, after years of assembling the land and preparing plans.

1091 Main

A rendering of the six-story medical office building under construction next door to Our Lady of Lourdes Church, at 1091 Main St. (provided photo)

The firm constructed a six-story medical office building at 1091 Main, at the northeast corner of St. Paul and Main streets, with 167,000 square feet of retail and office space, plus one level of underground parking for 50 cars.

St.-Paul-Mall-diagram

A diagram of the St. Paul Mall and Our Lady of Lourdes projects.

That building is connected through a two-story winter-garden with the former Our Lady of Lourdes church at 1115 Main, which has been adaptively reused into a 14,000-square-foot mix of retail, restaurant, commercial office and residential space – including construction of two additional floors within the open cathedral. There are three apartments on the third floor.

Pedestrian View Southeast rendering 6-13-2019

A rendering, from the southeast, of Ellicott Development's proposed new nine-story building at 1091 Main St., with a parking ramp, retail space and a hotel. (Courtesy of Ellicott Development Co.)

The firm also is planning a second $40 million, nine-story adjacent building on 1.17 acres at 11 St. Paul, with a five-story parking ramp and a three-story Element by Westin Hotel on top.

Linked to the other two, the 320,000-square-foot building would include parking for 560 vehicles, plus 14,000 square feet of ground-floor retail storefront, mostly along St. Paul and wrapping around onto Ellicott Street. The extended-stay hotel will have 103 rooms, with a pool, fitness center and other amenities.

Pedestrian View Southwest rendering 6-13-2019

A rendering, from the southwest, of Ellicott Development's proposed nine-story building at 1091 Main St., with a parking ramp, retail space and a hotel. (Courtesy of Ellicott Development Co.)

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