Ellicott Development’s $7 million plan to restore the former Baker Shoes building at 456 Main Street is moving forward. A mix of commercial and residential space is planned. Bryant and Stratton College is leasing 18,000 sq.ft. of space in the first three floors of the building and will also take a portion of the former Courtyard Mall next door. The college’s downtown campus is located across Main Street in the Lafayette Court building.
Sixteen apartments are planned on the upper floors of the 43,000 sq ft. property. The building is one to two stories along Main Street, but is eight stories along Pearl Street where the apartments will be located. Residences will be one and two-bedroom units and will have access to enclosed parking.
Ellicott Development has owned the vacant building since December 2002. The company also owns the adjacent Courtyard Mall property.
The Erie County Industrial Development Agency approved an amended $245,000 tax abatement package for Ellicott Development/4858 Group, L.P. for the reuse project on Monday.
Bryant and Stratton has over 12,000 students across 17 campuses in four states including Amherst and Orchard Park.
Ellicott Development was one of the downtown residential pioneers when it renovated the former LL Bergers Department store into The Belesario. That building, with office space and 29 high-end apartments, is located one block away at 514 Main Street.