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.
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