Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Delaware Court/Uniland Proposal

Today Uniland release its proposal for a new building to replace the current Delaware court building (on the corner of Delaware and Chippewa).

Its gorgeous. I was worried that if they tore down the current building that they would replace the curved corner front with a 90 angle style, but in keeping the curved front I love it. (Full disclosure, this building is only 2.5 blocks from my home, so home value prices no doubt play a part in the back of my head somewhere).

The 12 story tower will consist of 4 floors of hotel (long rumors to be "Aloft" brand), several floors of office space, and room for a nightclub, fitness center, and 4 boutique shops inside.It has been assumed for some time that the office tenant will be Jeremy Jacob's (owner of the Boston Bruins) Delaware North company, which will be moving from the Key Towers.

The "Chip Strip" is finally growing up, from being a drug and prostitute den in the 70s and 80s, to a nightclub scene in the 90s and 2000s, now restaurants, hotels and offices are going in, and I for one think its exceptionally good to diversify this area.

(That being said, I am worried about the "vibe" of Allentown if all the clubs on Chip go away... but that's for another blog!)

One more gigantic step for Buffalo, truly a city on the rise