Demolition work is underway on two sites marking the start of two development projects. Ellicott Development demolished the former Allentown Athletix' racquetball courts along Allen Street just west of Delaware Avenue. Ellicott is converting the remaining portions of the health club into ten apartments and possibly commercial space (rendering below). The property neighbors the firm's Bellasara apartment building, the former University Club.
Allentown Athletix Health and Racquet Club closed late last year after a twelve year run. Ellicott Development's Del-Al Group LLC purchased the property on December 30 for $215,000.
Two original buildings and the area that was formerly a courtyard and enclosed years ago will be renovated into "approximately 10" one and two-bedroom apartments with 800 to 1,200 sq.ft. of living space. Several of the units will have mezzanine lofts. Eleven new parking spaces will be installed where the demolition work is taking place.
Rendering from The Allentown Neighbor
At Main and High Streets, a one-story medical office building was demolished in recent days (right). Ciminelli Real Estate Corporation is clearing the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus site to construct an $80 million, seven-story, 350,000 sq.ft. building (below).
The new office building, at 1001 Main Street, will occupy about half of the Main/High/ Goodrich/Ellicott block. The rest of the block is reserved for future development and is likely to be where a new Children's Hospital is constructed.
Kideney Architects designed the building which will have two levels of underground parking and possibly a connection to the Allen Medical Hospital light rail station.
Women & Children's Hospital outpatient surgery center will occupy 65,000 sq.ft. UBMD, a physicians group associated with the University at Buffalo, is take 60,000 sq.ft. of space.