Wear your helmet in town: Batavia is (fortunately) a construction zone

Although the end of summer is fast approaching, work continues as long as the weather permits.

Batavia Development Corporation director Tammy Hathaway recently went through a list of projects — from completed and underway to those still in the design phase — across downtown.

Hunt Real Estate’s new home at 97 Main St. is ready to debut with a groundbreaking ceremony on Tuesday as architecture and design firms work on details for a downtown Batavia and Jackson Square renovated.

Ellicott Station – the $22.5 million 55-unit project in an apartment complex, office suites and restaurant/brewery is underway, Hathaway said, sharing that she and City Manager Rachael Tabelski had goes around the construction area on the south side.

Standing just outside the four-story bare wood complex, one can hear power tools and occasionally see workmen on the top floor. Peeking through the window and door cutouts, one can see the traffic along Ellicott Street and the businesses across the street.

The project is moving quickly, Hathaway said at the BDC meeting at City Hall.

“It’s a beautiful building,” she said of the defunct Della Penna site that is part of the project.

Theater 56 will enter the next phase of construction at its new location in downtown Batavia, she said. BDC member Pierluigi Cipollone asked if the project was still on track to be completed by the end of the year. “As far as I know,” Tabelski said.

Other projects are underway at 99 to 216 Main Street, including a $5.25 million “Carr’s Reborn” renovation, and the focus has been on 60 Evans St., known as Creek Park LLC, Hathaway said. The LLC is a subdivision of Batavia Development Corporation: “BDC will take ownership of Creek Park LLC for land development,” she said. “To make unknowns known.”

For example, Savarino Companies went through Creek Park LLC for its Ellicott Station project, she said. There is also a property called Creek Park which is behind the skating rink on Evans Street.

“We’re working to incorporate that into Brownfield’s development,” she said.

Brownfields are identified as potentially in need of remediation to remove toxic materials from these sites. There’s been some interest in the site so far, Hathaway said, and it’s unclear at this time if remedial action will be needed, so that will need to be explored.

“It’s been extremely exciting lately,” she said. “I have a crush on this job.”

Three different blocks of projects have so far totaled investments estimated at $2.4 million, $66 million and $1.14 million, she said, for all of the above sites, plus the Healthy Living Campus, which is also under construction, and Ellicott Place, which was completed above the Save-A-Lot building at Ellicott and Jackson streets.

The majority of the $69.4 million investment comes from private developers, with the Downtown Revitalization Initiative and New York Main Street Grants providing approximately $10.8 million to cover costs.

“I would say pack your helmet and work boots because there’s so much going on with touring,” she told BDC members.

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Top photo: Creek Park on Evans Street, Batavia, has been identified as a potential development property; Ellicott Station developer Savarino Companies continues to make progress toward a 55-unit apartment complex with 52 balconies, nine units dedicated to Americans with Disabilities Act requirements, 37 garage parking spaces and 44 parking spaces. surface parking, laundry facilities, elevator, community room, bike storage and an ADA gated playground on Ellicott Street. Photos by Joanne Beck.

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