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Construction Watch: 250 Delaware Avenue

250 Delaware Avenue is quickly taking shape as steel for portions of the fifth floor is nearly complete after a tower crane was installed at the site on June 26.  Uniland Development Company is constructing the 12-story building at the northwest corner of Delaware Avenue and W. Chippewa Street.  It was designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects and HHL Architects.



Delaware North Companies’ corporate offices will occupy 110,000 sq.ft. on the upper floors of the 472,000-sq.ft. structure.  The mixed-use project will also include a 119-room hotel plus an additional 94,000 sq.ft. of Class A office space.


10,000 sq.ft. of retail space is planned for the Delaware, Chippewa and S. Elmwood frontages,  A five-level parking ramp will front Chippewa and Elmwood and a courtyard (below) will be located in the middle/north end of the complex.  Construction is expected to be completed by fall 2015.


Written by WCPerspective


Buffalo and development junkie currently exiled in California.

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  • runner68

    I really wish they’d add some more floors but I know we have a glut of vacant office space; it’s quite surprising Delaware North didn’t want to be in a taller building. But regardless, great project.

  • Davvid

    Very nice.

  • WeAreTheNormal

    Any inkling what sort of retail will be situated on the first floor? Is it more restaurants or actual retail?

  • Captain Picard

    Looks good.

  • Captain Picard

    What are you basing that “wish” on?

  • jg23

    Big fan.

  • GotAnyChange

    Desire for a growing skyline that has been effectively stagnant for decades? He mentioned that it he knows the market didn’t warrant it.

  • AllentownChris

    I just hope it looks a bit like the rendering when complete.

  • runner68

    Captain Picard GotAnyChange I’m not basing that “wish” on anything. It was a wish..simply because of what GotAnyChange said. The skyline sucks.  Huge gaps, mediocre design, stupid placement…the list goes on and on.

  • GotAnyChange

    runner68 Captain Picard GotAnyChange  A tall building would be great of course but I always thought this building would fit in much better if it was the same height as the hampton across the street. Buffalo should strive for smaller scale street level excellence instead of pretending we are a powerful wealthy city on a national scale. Shrink to greatness. Savannah is a city everyone seems to love and they have no skyline at all. It’s not needed.

  • runner68

    GotAnyChange Captain Picard I have gotten into long conversations with friends about the height, density, and scale of Buffalo’s buildings that are currently already there, that are being built, and that could be built in the future. Currently, very tall skyscrapers are not needed, but mid rise buildings are and should be getting built. 250 Delaware is great, fits perfectly. I think Buffalo should focus on that aspect right now; in places where there is currently a parking lot, or in between existing buildings. Height of buildings may say nothing about the city that they are in, but man it looks great. Gaptoothed and spotty skylines look bad. Buffalo has a good start and in the future we’re going to need some more. But to say Buffalo’s skyline is ‘good enough’ or ‘fine’ is short sighted. We need to change our own perception of our city, as well as others and peer cities’ perception. One of the ways to do that is by cranes. However, we should only be building based on demand. Right now we don’t have that, but it will come in the future.
    Like I said, parking lots should be developed upon with mid rise buildings. But there are certain places where nothing should be built. Save these spots for bigger and taller development so that nothing has to come down when its time for bigger and better. Some that come to mind are the big parking lots. Main/Swan needs a big one. One of the grassy median plots between N/S Division needs a big one. Site of the convention center needs a big one, the parking lot at Clinton/Ellicott needs a big one. By filling in these gaps from a Lake Erie viewpoint, the city could look drastically different. That would be my dream, but I’m sure to others, its completely stupid. 

    Pipe dreams. Funny, aren’t they?

  • irish dave

    GotAnyChange runner68 Captain Picard 
    I second that.   I lived in Dublin for a few years and – like a lot of European cities – there is essentially NO skyline at all.  There is one tallish building – maybe 25 stories.  That’s it.  The rest is maybe 5 stories max – but Dublin is one of the most densely populated, pedestrian friendly city I’ve ever lived in.  However, on the flip side, I do realize that a nice tall building downtown would be a psychological boost.  I remember living in Philadelphia  in the late 80s.  There had been a ban on any city building being taller than the statue of William Penn, which wasn’t that tall.   When it got changed there was a double tower built – liberty place – that renewed civic pride.   Just compare the first Rocky film with some of the later ones – where he runs up the steps and looks over the city – big change!

  • Michael DiPasquale

    Let’s not fret about the skyline. A downtown full of tall buildings is exciting. But great cities are made at the first floor, not the top floor.

  • BuffaloLMT

    Seems like businesses are afraid to advertise themselves in lights, with tthe exception of KeyBank. Now look at Pittsburgh! They know how to light up the night.

  • Buffaboy

    I agree 100%. But Ithaca’s density/skyline is actually getting taller. Isn’t it time we push the envelope just a little bit though? Instead of 12 stories maybe 17. Or instead of 19, 28. Height does matter sometimes, but right now I’m guessing the building boom is just in the beginning stages.

  • Michael DiPasquale

    I don’t know about Ithaca, but I was in Boston recently and in my opinion, its once iconic skyline, (dominated by the mostly brick Back Back/Beacon HIll rowhouses and John Hancock building) is being wrecked by new high rises.

  • Buffalo1985

    Even just having the frame going up changes the presence at that corner. I might get hanged for saying this but the old building just didn’t have the same curb appeal. Maybe it was more so the businesses inside of it, but it never stood out to me. I would have liked this building to have a few more floors and not just of the sake of being taller. We need more residential downtown so why not include a few floors of condos and apartments. Either way tho this is a nice addition to the city and especially to that corner. It might be too late since Delaware was just repaved but I would love to see brick cross walks at each intersection downtown and this corner would be perfect to start it.

  • BuffaloGals

    Buffaboy There’s too much empty space downtown. I’d rather infill with 3 story buildings that build a 50 story building that would leave even more space empty.

  • costrander08

    BuffaloLMT That’s one thing I’d like to see more of with this building, the Hilton Garden and the Marriott at HarborCenter. There aren’t any flags on our buildings and while it’s a small complaint, I’d like to see more business and hotel flags adorning the sides of downtown’s office buildings.

  • Buffalo1985

    BuffaloGals Your point is valid too.  We need both infill projects and height.  I would say that anything new downtown should be no less than 5 stories.

  • DanHagen

    WeAreTheNormal Both I believe.

  • Mark_P

    No one lives in a skyline, they live in a city.  Filling the street level gaps is infinitely more important than filling the poster if we want people to have a good impression and a good time here.

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