City ap­proves Tim Hor­tons project for cor­ner of Michi­gan and Wil­liam

Build­ing will in­clude three apart­ments

The Buffalo News - - BUSINESS - By Jonathan D. Epstein

Af­ter months of de­lays, de­bate, changes – even a near de­feat at the hands of the Zon­ing Board of Ap­peals – El­li­cott De­vel­op­ment Co. has won city ap­proval for its planned Tim Hor­tons Cafe & Bake Shop project in down­town Buf­falo.

The de­vel­oper, owned by Carl and Wil­liam Pal­adino, plans to con­struct a two-story re­tail and res­i­den­tial build­ing on a va­cant site at 474 Michi­gan Ave., at the cor­ner of Wil­liam Street.

The 9,431-square-foot project would be an­chored by a 2,000-square-foot Tim Hor­tons Cafe & Bake Shop on the first floor, plus 2,500 square feet of ad­di­tional re­tail space and 32 park­ing spa­ces. The sec­ond floor would fea­ture three apart­ments with a mix of twoand three-bed­room units.

The $1.115 mil­lion plan was nearly de­railed last year when the Zon­ing Board of Ap­peals re­jected a vari­ance to per­mit a drive-thru, but El­li­cott took the agency to court and won a re­ver­sal. Then it was held up at the Buf­falo Plan­ning Board in Jan­uary, af­ter neigh­bors crit­i­cized the de­sign as in­con­sis­tent with an ur­ban, walk­a­ble neigh­bor­hood and cited risks to pedes­tri­ans.

El­li­cott went through mul­ti­ple at­tempts at re­vi­sion since then, in­cor­po­rat­ing a re­quested nod to the ad­ja­cent Michi­gan Street African Amer­i­can Her­itage Cor­ri­dor while try­ing to ad­dress the safety con­cerns with­out im­ped­ing traf­fic.

The Plan­ning Board ac­knowl­edged the de­vel­oper’s ef­fort and backed an ear­lier plan with three curb cuts on Wil­liam for the driv­ethru and park­ing lot, but with re­quired right-turns only to keep traf­fic away from Michi­gan.

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