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201 Ellicott project refines concept to accommodate affordable housing and food market/grocery

Role of Tops Markets unclear
Posted at 12:21 PM, Oct 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-25 21:26:22-04

Plans for the massive mixed-use development project at 201 Ellicott Street in Buffalo are moving forward with an updated vision from developers.

Ciminelli Real Estate Corporation announced on Thursday that plans, originally unveiled in 2016, have shifted to put more of a focus on affordable housing with a continued commitment to a food market/grocery component.

Tops Markets was originally selected as the "preferred operator" of the grocery component three years ago but the company's role in the project remains unclear. In a release the developer says it "continues to actively pursue potential provider options for the food market/grocery" and adds that more details regarding provider selection will be made in the near future. 

Tops released a statement through a spokesperson saying "Tops has recently received a revised proposal from the developer which will be reviewed by our development staff as soon as possible" 

The "refined concept" will also include space to accommodate food market parking, for small events and the creation of greenspace. 

"The advancing 201 Ellicott Street concept reflects the project team's very sincere approach to the delivery of a marquee project that adds to the vibrancy of the region, fosters a new and sustainable food market/grocery offering, and provides unique affordable downtown living options, all while making financial sense," said Matt Davison, a project spokesperson for Ciminelli Real Estate Corporation. 

Key details of the updated 201 Ellicott project include:

- 201 affordable one-and-two-bedroom residential units, with expected rental rates starting at $660.00 (1BR) and $790.00 (2BR) per month

- Allocation of space for a fresh food market/grocery with the adjacent flexible hardscape and appropriate parking to support store operations, seating, and other small on-site event/delivery needs

-Greenspace and various outdoor gathering points for tenants, as well as the potential for native plantings and landscaping. 

A time frame for construction