BUFFALO, NY - Slowly, but surely a change is coming to a popular street in Buffalo's Entertainment district.
Chippewa street is soon going to be the site of a major construction development.
In January we could see construction cranes tearing down what is now 250 Delaware Avenue. Uniland plans to construct a 12-story tower where Bada Bing is currently established on the Chip strip.
On Tuesday, the City of Buffalo Planning Board unanimously approved the site plan. The tower will include offices, a hotel, shopping and underground parking.
The look and atmosphere of Chippewa is expected to change. "This area, which was once a very seedy area, then it turned into a very popular area, then it turned back into a place known as violence, for a developer to want to come here, it will change the atmosphere of this street," said Buffalo Common Councilman Darius Pridgen.
While the owner of SOHO on Chippewa says there is still a place for bars, he is seeing more of the storefronts become more food driven. As for bars, Jay Manno said "now you're going to have to have more of a concept. In the long run what it's going to come down to is, you want to eat when you're downtown, you're gonna go to Chippewa."
Councilman Pridgen calls Manno "an incredible businessman" who saw the way the street was going to jumped on board early to go from a nightclub to a restaurant.
The new project will go before the city's Zoning Board of Appeals later this month.