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Planning Board Approves Elmwood/Bidwell Project

Douglas Development has obtained approvals to renovate and expand a complex of buildings at Elmwood and Bidwell Parkway.  The Planning Board this afternoon unanimously approved the project with just minor changes after considering possible changes to the planned four-story addition based on previous Planning Board and public comments.

Under plans prepared by Carmina Wood Morris, a four-story addition is being proposed for the rear of the complex with restoration of the existing buildings that front Elmwood, Bidwell and Potomac Avenue.

The Planning Board had previously expressed concerns on the fenestration of the proposed addition saying the addition was not the best match for the project and “too industrial.”  A proposed redesign with additional brick detailing, modified windows, and corrugated metal screening for the mechanical level met a less than enthusiastic response from the Planning Board and Preservation Buffalo Niagara.  Jessie Fisher, Executive Director of Preservation Buffalo Niagara, submitted a letter advocating for the original design calling it compatible yet respectful to the historic design of the existing buildings.

Revised Plan, Turned Down by Board

The Board liked the change in material of the parapet from brick to metal but stipulated it be a smooth panel system and no taller than 10 feet.  The Board also agreed the originally submitted design of the addition’s façade and windows be utilized.

Plans call for 33 apartments in one to three-bedroom configurations with several spanning two floors. Four storefronts ranging in size from 900 sq.ft. to 2,100 sq.ft. are proposed along Elmwood. There will also be two incubator commercial spaces- one on the first floor of 587 Potomac and a second in the turreted first floor of 976 Elmwood.

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