Buffalo, N.Y. — If you live or work in downtown Buffalo, you may have a new spot to get groceries.
The city says it is moving forward with plans to sell their parking lot at 201 Ellicott Street, freeing it up for redevelopment.
It has been more than two years since Ciminelli Real Estate was picked as the designated developer for the city parking lot on Ellicott Street.
Mayor Byron Brown had identified the city-owned lot between the library and bus terminal as prime real estate for some kind of multi-use facility.
Shortly after, Ciminelli unveiled a proposal for a high-rise apartment, office and retail tower, anchored by an Orchard Fresh Grocery. Orchard Fresh is an "upscale" grocery store concept by Tops Markets.
There were some hiccups along the way from parking concerns to the most recent Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing by Tops. The grocer is asking to close a few stores as it restructures.
But now, the city is saying it is close to reaching a final agreement on the sale of the Ellicott Street parking lot.
The agreement is expected to be finalized within the next three months with the goal of construction starting in 2019.