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Former department store in Batavia to get major makeover

Building now houses a grocery store, but additional commercial space and apartments are planned.

BATAVIA, N.Y. — A ceremony was held Friday to mark the start of the latest downtown development project in the City of Batavia.

The Ellicott Place project will rehab a nearly 50,000 square foot building into commercial space and apartments. The building was originally built for use as a department store and now occupied only by a grocery store that uses about half of the first floor. 

The entire cost of the upgrade is $2.5 million, $1.5 million of which comes from the NYS Downtown Revitalization Initiative fund. When it's done, the new commercial space will create 30 new jobs.