Thumbs up for the first project in Elmwood Crossing

Approval for five story building at Elmwood and Bryant

Tim Wenger
April 23, 2018 - 9:20 pm

Buffalo, N.Y. (WBEN) - Shovels will begin to hit the ground at 451 Elmwood Avenue sometime late this summer following unanimous approval for the project by the Buffalo Planning Board Monday afternoon.

A scaled-down five story development for the intersection of Elmwood and Bryant was given the green light by the planning board after officials from Ellicott Development and Sinatra Real Estate presented final details in city hall Monday.  Two speakers raised concerns and questions following the development presentation and the board quickly moved to approve the plans following the presentation.

"Community and business owners want to see some activity happen to fill the vacuum that was left behind by the closing of Children's Hospital", says Sinatra's Amy Nagy.  The first building is just the beginning of an extensive Elmwood Crossing project that will bring mixed use life to the expansive footprint once occupied by the relocated hospital.

The building will have between four and six storefronts facing Elmwood Avenue and an entrance in the rear of the building for residential tenants along with dedicated parking space.

Nagy expects initial construction to begin in August or September and says it will last approximately 14 months.

The parcel on Elmwood Avenue is located on a brownfield site and developers are working with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation on dealing with that designation.

Both Sinatra and Ellicott Development say they will almost immediately begin the planning process for the next phases of the Elmwood Crossing project.


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