Uniland Development Company projects in Buffalo and Amherst received awards at the 2018 National Association of Industrial and Office Properties Upstate New York Chapter Awards Dinner. They reflect Uniland’s commitment to working closely with clients to address their unique space needs. The NAIOP Awards recognize outstanding Upstate New York projects in commercial real estate.
Uniland properties recognized by the NAIOP Awards include,
Rachel’s Mediterranean Grill in the Best Retail category: One of Western New York’s rapidly-growing and privately-owned fast casual restaurants, Rachel’s opened its new flagship location in a very unlikely place – the street level of a parking garage at 235 South Elmwood Avenue in Buffalo.
Situated in the Central Business District adjacent to The Delaware North Building, Rachel’s 2,025 square foot location features space for dining in and take out clients as well as kitchen and delivery facilities for their bourgeoning catering business. Located near 460 hotel rooms and other eateries, the site is across from a high school with 1,200 students and staff. The corner location sees an average traffic count of 9,000 vehicles and is in walking distance of 46,000 workers, shoppers and tourists.
Reflecting on their new flagship, Rachel’s ownership is proud of the results.
“Uniland has been very accommodating,” says Joseph Khoury, president of Rachel’s Mediterranean Management Company. “We made this location our flagship because we worked hand-in-hand with them to make this the best designed fast-casual restaurant around. It would be appropriate for any major city. Since opening, we’ve attracted national attention from restaurateurs and investors.”
Autism Services, Inc. in the Best Educational/Institutional category: It may be a bit unusual to locate a school in a business park. Yet sometimes the unexpected choice can be the best one. An innovative approach led Autism Services, one of the region’s most important educational and social services organizations, to Uniland’s Audubon Business Centre in Amherst. Uniland customized a combined 50,000 square feet in two adjacent buildings. The school features spacious classrooms, the organization’s first gymnasium, a larger art storage room, and new sensory sensitive lighting for an optimal learning environment.
The location has helped Autism Services realize many of their organizational aspirations.
“I’ve been wanting our students, staff and teachers to have a school that supports our philosophy and values and is sensitive to the needs and interests of students with autism, and after a thorough search, this site was the best fit for us,” said Veronica Federiconi, CEO of Autism Services, Inc. “Uniland has been extremely patient and tolerant of all the questions and changes. They were so accepting and open. They had to learn about our population and understand why we needed certain things. They were just wonderful,” she added.
The NAIOP Awards were held on January 17 at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens.