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Avant Sold Out – Uniland’s Residential Focus is in Amherst for Now

Following up on last week’s post about the high-priced resale unit on the market at Avant, Uniland Development Company confirms that the condominiums are sold out.  That’s good news for downtown and for Uniland’s future residential plans.  While Uniland is still planning a residential project for the Park Lane site and has interest in the Millard Fillmore Hospital properties across Gates Circle, the developer is turning its immediate attention to Amherst.

Uniland is teaming up with Bliss Construction to build 76 luxury apartments near the corner of Sheridan Drive and Transit Road in Amherst.  ‘The Glen‘ is adjacent to Uniland’s Sheridan Meadows Office Park.  Plans call for fifteen buildings with four or six units each.


Apartments are mix of one level 1 and 2-bedroom units, as well as two level townhome style 3-bedroom units.  The four floorplans range in size from 860 sq.ft. to 1,490 sq.ft. and are priced from $1,335 to $1,903/month.  Amenities include a clubhouse, fitness center, and children’s playground.  Construction on the $10 million project starts this summer.


Back in the city, Uniland has successfully sold all 28 units on the top three floor of Avant.  Of the 28 residences, 24 of the sales have closed ranging in price from $383,250 to $1,595,000 for a total of just under $17 million.  Real estate superstar Ellen Warner pushed sales to the finish line over the past two years during a trying economy.

It is uncertain what or when Uniland’s next residential project in the city will be.  While the developer owns the Park Lane restaurant site where it had proposed a condominium tower, Uniland last week expressed interest in resubmitting a bid for the Millard Fillmore Gates Circle property.  Kaleida Health chose a competing proposal for the site submitted by Chason/Affinity Cos. last August but that deal fell apart last week.  Kaleida Health will be seeking a new developer for the property.


Uniland’s proposal for the hospital site called for extensive demolition to build ‘Chapin Place.’  The plan featured 276 units of residential living options including condominiums, townhomes, luxury and market rate apartments, as well as senior living units, retail and restaurants, a wellness and fitness center, and a central one-acre park.  On the northeast edge of the circle, a 60-room boutique hotel and restaurant were proposed including meeting space for corporate and university functions.  Townhomes were to be built on the east side of Linwood Avenue.  Uniland’s team included Diamond Schmitt Architects, Flynn Battaglia Architects, Janet Rosenberg + Associates and Enermodal Engineering/Sustainable Design Consulting.

gates at night

If and what Uniland proposes for the hospital site is likely to impact its plans for the Park Lane property.  Uniland purchased the property in May 2006 and unveiled the design for an ultra-luxury, 23-story tower one year later.  Plans prepared by Diamond Schmitt Architects and Hamilton Houston Lownie called for 68 residences ranging in size from 1,000 to 6,400 sq.ft. and priced from $450,000 to $2 million plus.  The project received City approvals in September 2007 and was quickly hit with a lawsuit by neighbors.  The lawsuit, since dismissed, and a down economy forced Uniland to put the tower on ice.

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Written by WCPerspective


Buffalo and development junkie currently exiled in California.

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