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Ellicott Development unveils plans for former Buffalo Christian Center

Ellicott Development Company

Ellicott Development is planning a flagship project, a 12-story complex at the north end of the Theater District.

Ellicott CEO William Paladino says the planned tower on Tupper between Pearl and Franklin is the biggest project the company has ever done, much bigger than the Mosey hotel in Williamsville. He pegs the cost between $70 million and $75 million for a mix of hotel, residential, office and parking built around the old Buffalo Christian Center.

Paladino says it's part of the continuing expansion of Ellicott hotels including the planned Carlo on the Waterfront with this as the flagship.

"That's what we're looking forward to doing with this project. We think the Carlo will serve a different niche of that market," Paladino explained.

"This is more the local market, the local corporate market, Medical Campus, Theater District."

Ellicott officials told the Planning Board the building includes six-floors of parking to serve their building and potentially the neighborhood with nearly 400 spaces. The old Christian Center will provide the pool and athletic facilities for the hotel and 28 apartments, as well as remaining the home of the Road Less Traveled Theatre.

Mike Desmond is one of Western New York’s most experienced reporters, having spent nearly a half-century covering the region for newspapers, television stations and public radio. He has been with WBFO and its predecessor, WNED-AM, since 1988. As a reporter for WBFO, he has covered literally thousands of stories involving education, science, business, the environment and many other issues. Mike has been a long-time theater reviewer for a variety of publications and was formerly a part-time reporter for The New York Times.