Uniland Development is looking for a tenant for a prime location in its 250 Delaware project. The retail space at the northeast corner of W. Chippewa and S. Elmwood Avenue measures a bit under 5,000 sq.ft. Uniland officials are looking for a tenant that will ‘enhance’ the neighborhood and ‘create a destination for the people who live, work and visit the area.’
“When we met with the community two years ago, they asked us to not ‘turn our backs’ on Elmwood and clearly we haven’t,” says Uniland Senior Marketing Manager Jill Pawlik. “We moved a retail location from beside the northwest parking garage stairwell to be contiguous with the retail on the southwest corner and increased its size, and we added terra cotta screening to the parking garage façade on Elmwood and Chippewa at our own expense.”
Dr. Kaplan’s Osteopathic Wellness Medicine of Western New York leased 2,000 sq.ft. of the space along Elmwood Avenue. Uniland is holding out for a tenant for the corner space to bring more activity to this end of the block where Ted’s recently opened. The 9,000 vehicles passing the corner daily, pedestrian traffic, downtown and Historic West Village residents, guests from nearby hotels, and the workers nearby provide a built-in market for a small grocer, restaurant, or retail tenant. There is room along the building for sidewalk seating if a restaurant or cafe takes the space.
250 Delaware is otherwise spoken for. Delaware North moved into 110,000 sq.ft. of space on a portion of the eighth and all of the ninth through twelfth floors in early November. The Department of Homeland Security has leased a little over 50,000 sq.ft. in the building. Key Bank has moved into 12,000 sq.ft. on the sixth floor and also opened a bank branch off the main lobby along W. Chippewa Street.
UBS Financial Services Inc. leased 14,440 sq.ft. and the Cullen Foundation has taken approximately 2,000 sq.ft.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts’ Westin Buffalo will occupy the first five floors of the new building and feature a separate entrance and lobby on Delaware Avenue. It will be owned and operated by Delaware North and feature 118 guest rooms, 4,000 square feet of state-of-the-art meeting facilities, a “Neapolitan inspired Italian” restaurant operated by Delaware North’s Patina Restaurant Group. Westin Buffalo will welcome its first guests in 2016.
There are 593 parking spaces in a parking ramp on the west side of the site and under the building. Toronto-based Diamond Schmitt Architects and local firm HHL Architects designed the 12-story, $110 million building that anchors the Delaware and Chippewa street corner.
Get Connected: Uniland Development, 716.834.5000