Developer meets with neighbors over Elmwood Village project

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Dozens of concerned neighbors packed into a conference room at the Buffalo Seminary to hear about possible changes coming to Elmwood Village. Representatives from Ciminelli Real Estate Corporation spoke to the crowd about their intentions for a mixed-use development. The planned buildings would be retail space on ground level, and apartments on top.

Ciminelli representative Anne Duggan says, “Tonight was the meeting of the area homeowners who live in the Delaware Bidwell neighborhoods, and it was just to meet with them and hear their ideas on the proposed development.”

The proposed developments would be in the area of Elmwood and Potomac Ave. Several buildings would be either demolished, or retrofitted.

A final design for the buildings has not yet been selected.

Duggan added, “We are in a preliminary stage right now, that’s the purpose of these meetings, is to get their feedback, to get their input to see what they do or don’t want to see out of the proposed development like this.”

Some residents at the meeting say the possibility of a 5 story building would go against the aesthetics of what Elmwood Village is known for.

Elmwood Village resident Robbie Butler says, “I think it’s a feeding frenzy, these developers see the kind of money they can make with projects like this, and they have no regard for the life of those that live there, and made the neighborhood what it is.”

News 4 reached out to the Elmwood Village Association for a comment, but the organization declined to comment because it’s awaiting more details.

Ciminelli says more meetings will be held before project finalization.

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