Uniland Development is planning a 12-story mixed-use complex for the northwest corner of Delaware Avenue and Chippewa Street. The nearly half-million square foot building would contain a 120-room hotel, office and retail space, lower-level parking and a parking ramp along S. Elmwood Avenue. The current Delaware Court Building will be torn down and its façade recreated in the new building’s base. The building’s façade features a curved façade facing the corner.
The Buffalo News has the scoop on the design, one of the most anticipated in recent years:
The project for 250 Delaware Ave. includes a four-story, 120-room hotel occupying the second through fifth floors, and Class A office space from the sixth through 12th floors. In all, the hotel would take up 92,900 square feet, while the office space would occupy 190,894 square feet.
The first floor would consist of a mixture of the 8,410-square-foot hotel lobby, a 7,420-square foot office lobby and about 7,230 square feet of retail space for four boutique shops. There’s also 32,907 square feet of lower-level parking.
A 520-space parking ramp will be connected to the building with charging stations for electric vehicles.
Uniland has not revealed any tenants for the office space but Delaware North Cos. is expected to be the anchor tenant. The firm is currently located in 110,000 sq.ft. of space in the south tower of Key Center. The company has been exploring options for its 350 employees when its lease runs out in 2015.
The hotel is expected to be a full-service, national chain with a restaurant and nightclub.
A subsidiary of Uniland Development Company has paid $3 million for the Delaware Court property and now-demolished gasoline station on S. Elmwood Avenue last September.
HHL Architects and Toronto’s Diamond Schmitt Architects are designing the project. Uniland is hosting an informational session for neighbors tomorrow evening. Uniland’s project will be presented to the Preservation Board on September 5th as an information item and to the Planning Board on September 10.