Elmwood Crossing Checks Critical Box in Development Process

Community meeting to be held on Wednesday

Brendan Keany
October 21, 2019 - 7:19 pm

Amy M. Nagy - Sinatra & Company Real Estate

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BUFFALO (WBEN) - Both Sinatra & Company and Ellicott Development will be the first to admit that there is still a long ways to go in the Elmwood Crossing development project. However, the project cleared a critical hurdle - the Buffalo Planning Board's acceptance of the final environmental impact statement - on Monday evening.

View some renderings of the project, which looks to re-develop the former Women and Children's Hospital site, below:

Amy M. Nagy - Sinatra & Company Real Estate

Prior to the meeting Ellicott CEO William Paladino stated that they would have liked the process to be further along at this point, initially hoping the statement would have been accepted before the start of summer.

"The EIS has taken longer than we expected to take, but there was a lot of information we had to compile," he said. "We wish we could have gotten through that portion of it quicker; we wish we could have gotten in front of the Board before summer not after summer, but we are where we are right now, and we'll continue to move forward."

Sinatra's director of development, Amy Nagy, was at Monday's meeting, and she agreed with Paladino's sentiment.

"We're very anxious to get this process moving along for a number of reasons," Nagy began. "First of all, it is something that's important to the community - to see activity happen; it's important to the residents to see that site activated, and it's important to the businesses to have that economic vibrancy."

Ashley Smith serves as the executive director of the Elmwood Village Association, and she says that the community is eager to see tangible progress.

"I think the general sentiment in the community is to want to see that site reactivated, to want to know what's happening there and see things move forward," said Smith. "I hear from community members a lot that they don't want to see it sit vacant for five more years, so I think that it's really important that we are seeing the process move forward and some of the documents finalized."

Nagy says the next step in the process is to submit an application for a planned unit development (PUD), and she added that developers want to continue a dialogue with the community about the project.

"That will allow us to place an overlay of the existing zoning," said Nagy. "It has benefits for community members because it allows us to have a discussion about the whole eight-acre site and what will happen. It also gives an opportunity for community members to incorporate those things that are important - affordable housing, green space, other conditions they may look for that might not be available to negotiate through a traditional planning board, zoning, planning board process."

There will be an informational meeting held to discuss the Elmwood Crossing project on Wednesday, October 23, at the Richmond Summer Senior Center from 6-8 p.m.

Listen to Nagy's full comments below:

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