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Construction Watch: 199 Scott Street

Work is underway on Ellicott Development’s conversion of the Fairmont Creamery Co. building at 199 Scott Street into a mixed-use complex.  Built in 1920, the eight-story structure was most recently used by the Arctic Freezer Company as a refrigerated storage site for Rich Product Corp.  It sat idle for the past two decades and had been considered one of downtown’s major eyesores.

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Ellicott Development is undertaking a $14.6 million renovation which includes a new roof, windows and a complete interior makeover.

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A fire damaged the structure in June 1996 and its upper-floor windows remained open to the elements.  The building’s condition has generated heavy criticism over the years.  Ellicott Development has always said the building’s reuse would be market-driven.  The developer has looked at a number of reuse scenarios for the property and decided the timing is right to redevelop the building for a mix of uses.

Plans prepared by AP Architects call for office space on the sixth, seventh and eighth floors, 27-30 apartments on floors three through five, a banquet facility and meeting space on the second floor, a restaurant on the first floor, and possibly a 13,000 sq.ft. brewery operation in the lower level of the building.  There will be on-site parking for 140 vehicles.

Employee benefits firm Liazon has signed a lease for 15,000 sq.ft. of space, or one floor of the building.  The company will be moving its 65 employees from smaller offices in the Theater District early next year.

Get Connected: Ellicott Development, 716.854.0060

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Written by WCPerspective

WCPerspective

Buffalo and development junkie currently exiled in California.

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