One of Buffalo's largest development companies believes in the promise of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. Ellicott Development Company recently completed redevelopment of a string of buildings in the 1000 block of Main Street. Nearby, the firm has big plans for the Our Lady of Lourdes church campus and is buying a church at North Street and North Pearl for conversion to residences.
In 2009, Ellicott Development completed renovations on a three-story, turn-of-the- 20th-century building at 1010 Main Street. Kaleida Health opened an out-patient care facility in the 36,000 sq.ft. building (below).
Kaleida has expanded its Main Street presence by leasing 1026 and 1028 Main from Ellicott Development that once housed Bryant and Stratton's city campus. Work on the properties was recently completed and Kaleida has been occupying its new facilities in stages. In all, Kaleida is taking 80,000 sq.ft. of space.
"Kaleida will use the properties for clinical space," says William Paladino, Ellicott's Chief Executive Officer. "They will also relocate their security services and switchboard operations to the building's ground floor bringing a 24/7 presence to the block."
Despite Kaleida Health's construction plans on the Medical Campus, this is a long-term commitment to Main Street. Paladino says the company signed a 15-year lease for the space.
A one-story former gas station at the corner of North Street to provide additional parking for the properties. The lot is adjacent to the New Life Assembly of God church property the company is buying for residential use.
One block away, Ellicott Development is working on plans to redevelop the Our Lady of Lourdes campus on Main near Best Street. Many feared the worst when the company purchased the church, rectory and school, particularly when boards over windows went missing leaving the building open to the elements.
"We are keeping the church and will be adding onto it," says Paladino. "We are looking at various layouts to see what we can do there."
Paladino says he will be able to provide details about what the company plans for the site in about 60 days. He says it may potentially involve an addition to the church structure that would require demolition of the adjacent rectory. The firm's demolition application for the rectory was filed but later withdrawn last fall.
As for the six properties the company has purchased on St. Paul Mall in recent months behind the church, Paladino says the company doesn't have definitve plans just yet. For now, the company is leasing out the residences.
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