A truly transformative project built in downtown Buffalo on the Eastern edge of its urban core, 201 Ellicott replaces a former parking lot with dynamic mixed-use affordable housing and a fresh food grocery. Purposely designed as a “mobility hub,” the space encourages people to walk, bike, take public transit, carshare or any other form of eco-friendly transportation.
“Our whole vision and focus was to bring significant affordable housing to downtown Buffalo, and to really set a standard in terms of design and finish in that market, and I think we really accomplished that,”Paul Ciminelli, CEO of Ciminelli Real Estate Corp said during the event. “We wanted something to complement all the great things going on downtown.”
The trifecta of a mobility hub, fresh food market and affordable housing are each needed assets in the City of Buffalo. The design integrates these resources into the community and should echo positive impacts immediately and for future generations. 201 Ellicott also brings public art to Buffalo’s downtown thanks to a stunning mural painted by Josef Kristo this summer.
“We had hoped to do something special that would create a destination in our city, that would have affordable housing. We wanted to bring a market to the city. We knew that was a priority of downtown residents, in the core of downtown and on the East Side and the West Side,” Mayor Byron Brown said. “We couldn’t be more pleased.”
The completion of 201 Ellicott was covered extensively by Buffalo media including The Buffalo News, WBFO, WGRZ and more. The project has already received national coverage for its intriguing design from the likes of Next City.
Other key quotes from the celebratory day included:
New York State Homes and Community Renewal Commissioner Ruth Anne Visnauskas
“It isn’t just the project,” she said. “Obviously it is an impact. Affordable housing used to really just be about affordability and could we sort of get some affordability in a place.
It then became that we wanted them to be sustainable. It then became the one of them to be architecturally significant and to be beautiful looking. We decided mixed use is really important to a lot of communities and we added that here. It’s incredible to be at a project like this that hits the ball really out of the park on all of those fronts.”
Michael Tunkey, our Principal in Charge of the project
“201 Ellicott is a stunning achievement for the City of Buffalo and so many individuals and organizations deserve credit and thanks for this transformational project. To create a space that blends access to fresh food, public art, affordable housing, future-focused mobility – it’s an amazing example of equity, access and inclusion in design.”
Ciminelli Real Estate Corp CEO Paul Ciminelli
“You look at a project like this, and it really feels like we moved the needle in the community and really developed what we would consider to be a legacy project, not just for our company but for the community.”