The first pieces of the new residential project and urban grocery on Ellicott Street are starting to take shape as Ciminelli Real Estate Corp. moves forward with environmental cleanup of the site and the structural work.
The Buffalo-based developer said Tuesday that all of the urban fill soil has been removed from the site at 201 Ellicott St. as part of a state-supervised remediation. That effort will eventually see the 2.5-acre site – bounded by Ellicott, Clinton, Oak and Eagle streets – readied for construction into a 220,000-square-foot development after decades as a city-owned parking lot.
Crews have also started work on the primary residential building, with the foundation frame, stair towers and elevator shafts. That building, which will contain 201 affordable apartments, will take longer to build than the single-story Braymiller Market grocery alongside it, on which construction will begin in early spring.
Plans call for the market to be completed in spring 2021, followed by the apartment building in early summer 2021.
Ciminelli is working with CannonDesign, Arc Building Partners and C&S Companies on the project. Other partners include M&T Bank, Evans Bank, Citigroup, Red Stone Equity Partners, Belmont Housing Resources for Western New York and GOBike Buffalo.