The winnowing of candidates and final selection comes 10 months after the city launched an effort to reimagine and reuse the city-owned ramp at 477 Washington St., with a goal of using the site to help meet the city’s future housing and transportation needs.
Located on 1.14 acres of prime land and bounded by Washington, East Mohawk and Ellicott streets, the aging multilevel facility with 629 parking spaces sits in the heart of the city, in an area that has already seen significant redevelopment.
The city issued a request for proposals for the Mohawk Ramp in December, and received six responses by April 30 from teams of local and national developers.
“While we are disappointed – especially because of the hard work put in by our team members and staff – we respect the decision,” said Samuel Savarino. “I think all of the proposals the city received were impressive and the city’s RFP process was thorough and respectful.”
• An eight-story building proposed by CB Emmanuel, BFC Partners, Carmina Wood and GO Buffalo Niagara, featuring 203 affordable apartments, 285 parking spaces, a GObike parking station, and a restaurant, fitness center and retail or co-working space. The $90 million project would total 350,000 square feet.
• A $100-million-plus, multilevel project by Douglas Development and Antunovich Associates, with 200 apartments, 800 parking spaces, a restaurant, retailer and a research and development lab. Jemal would also include the 1.8 acres of nearby Simon Electric properties that he acquired from Bert Simon, to add another 400 apartments. Ten percent of all the apartments would be affordable.