The initial phase of Elmwood Crossing in now underway. The five story building at the corner of Elmwood and Bryant has been fully approved. Sinatra and Company and Ellicott Development have commenced upon the environmental cleanup of the site, which formerly housed a gas station. The project is part of the NYS Brownfield Program. Once the site is remediated, and the NYS Department of Conservation signs off, “Steel will go into the ground,” says developer Nick Sinatra.
According to Sinatra, the goal is 14 months of construction, contingent on the winter weather. If everything goes smoothly, this corner project will be completed in the spring of 2020. At that time, this currently forlorn corner, will boast another building that contributes to the street, instead of a lame surface parking lot for doctors of Children’s Hospital, which is how the site has existed for years.
Now, if we can only come up with a creative solution to rework the Rite Aid on the opposite corner. Rachacha had an excellent idea on how to best deal with the Rite Aid situation. Why not incorporate a new Rite Aid, with drive-thru, into the Elmwood Crossing project – on Utica Street, tying into the possible grocery market plan? Ellicott Development owns the Rite Aid lot, and is partner in the broader vision to the East. The Rite Aid move would free up the Southwest corner of Elmwood and Bryant for a new development that would go hand-in-hand with the new Elmwood Crossing vision. The new Rite Aid location would only be a couple of blocks away, possibly bundled with a market, with more parking, a drive-thru, and an updated floor plan. This is an opportunity of a lifetime to play “musical chairs” in the Elmwood Village.