With unanimous approval from the Buffalo Planning Board, Uniland Development Co.'s proposed 12-story Delaware Avenue mixed use development has cleared another key hurdle.
The planning board Tuesday approved the $80 million, 515,000-square-foot project after Uniland altered the building's design including some modifications with its 520-car parking garage that faces Elmwood Avenue. Uniland is proposing to construct the building at the corner of Chippewa Street and Delaware Avenue.
Planning board approval is significant to Uniland's plan for the project. Uniland will be meeting with the Buffalo Zoning Board of Appeals on Oct. 16, seeking their approval.
"This is another step in the development process as we continue to ready the site for reconstruction," said Michael Montante, Uniland vice president. "Only when all municipal, regulatory and public/private partnership approvals are complete, will the project move forward."
Also in the works, later this fall, are meetings with the Erie County Industrial Development Agency and Empire State Development Corp. about various incentive packages.
Pending all those meetings, construction could start later this winter.
Uniland acquired the site, the current Delaware Court Building, last year. The Amherst-based developer also bought a gas station at the corner of Chippewa Street and Elmwood Avenue that's also needed for the project. Remediation of the gas station site began earlier this fall.
Plans call for the building to house a 120-room, brand-name hotel and 190,000-square-feet of Class A office space along with some first floor retail and restaurant space. Uniland officials are mum about the hotel franchise or who will be the anchor office tenant.
The street buzz, however, indicates that Delaware North Cos. will move its corporate headquarters from the Key Center twin towers to the new Uniland building. Delaware North's lease at Key Center expires in summer 2015 and the privately-held company has been scouting a number of downtown sites for its new headquarters.
Neither Delaware North nor Uniland would comment on the street talk.