Few comments aired at Elmwood Crossing public meeting

Jul 16, 2019

The conversion of the former Women and Children's Hospital to Elmwood Crossing circled back before the city Planning Board on Monday. Sponsors took the board members through the site plans and talked about the look of the $110 million project.

The project is so big the seven acre main campus is being developed jointly by Ellicott Development and Sinatra & Company Real Estate. New construction and adaptive reuse will transform vacant land on West Utica Street.

Elmwood Crossing will transform the former Women & Children's Hospital site.
Credit Ellicott Development/Sinatra & Company Real Estate

"There are approximately 220 apartments and those take up half of the square footage, 350,000 square feet of the 700,000 square feet, these apartments," said  lawyer Marc Romanowski. "We have a 78-room hotel, then 27 condominiums to be housed in the tower and also the 20 townhomes."

There also will be a five-story building on West Utica that will house a grocery store.

There is a public comment period underway, through the end of this month, about the plan and the environmental impact study. However, few spoke about the project Monday. Bill Wisniewski attacked the plan, through comments on lawn spaces.

"I just walked around the site today, looking at the site plans, the current ones. My concern at this point is the amount of green space," he said. "When I look at it, it appears that the lawn near the helipad building requires the demolition of two buildings."

Ellicott Development and Sinatra & Company hope to have the townhouses done and people moving in sometime in the fall of next year, as work continues on other phases of the project. It all should be finished in 2022.

Greenspace Plan for the site.
Credit Ellicott development/Sinatra & Company Real Estate/Wendel