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Funding for Baker’s Shoe Façade Work Approved

The Baker’s Shoe building at 456 Main Street is in line for an exterior renovation. It is one of nine projects awarded funding through a grant from the New York Main Street program administered by Buffalo Place targeting the 400 and 500 blocks of Main Street.

Ellicott Development and McGuire Development Co. were allocated $40,000 to help restore the Baker’s Shoe building’s marquee and build-out space in the building and neighboring former Courtyard Mall. $262,500 in grants were awarded to the nine projects for façade, storefront, and interior improvements.


The Baker’s Shoe complex includes the former retail store fronting Main Street connected to a seven-story building at 265-67 Pearl Street. In late-2011, twelve upscale apartments were opened on the top four floors of the rear building known as the Meldrum-Edwards Building and rechristened The Antonio.


The quick lease-up of the apartments led to the construction of seven more units on the lower three floors of the building. The circa-1909 building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2013.


Tom Fox, Ellicott Development’s Director of Development, says the company is seeking both short and long-term tenants for the properties. Conceptual plans call for an “indoor market” with multiple spaces for lease. A construction start date has not been set.

Ellicott Development purchased the Courtyard Mall in 1995 and the Baker Shoe building in 2002 in a partnership with McGuire Development.

Get Connected: Ellicott Development, 716.854.0060


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