Uniland Announces the Next Step in the Development of North Buffalo’s Elmwood-Hertel Area

Amherst, NY – November 23, 2021 – Amherst-based developer Uniland Development Company has announced the sale of a seven-acre parcel at 1984 Elmwood Avenue to the YMCA which will serve as the site for its newest Buffalo facility.  The transaction marks the next step in the development of North Buffalo at the corner of Elmwood and Hertel which has already undergone a significant transformation in recent years to include a new medical services building for People Inc., Evergreen Health, ECMC Dental and People First Mobility, as well as a Sonic Drive-In.

“We’re excited to partner with the YMCA on this development which we believe adds so much to the Elmwood-Hertel community as a whole,” highlighted Uniland’s CEO Michael J. Montante.  “Not that long ago, Elmwood-Hertel was an underutilized area in the City of Buffalo.  Over the last few years, the region has begun a modern transformation through a variety of wellness and entertainment uses including medical, dining and now another premier regional partner in the YMCA.  We plan to continue strengthening the community by creating a modern live-work-play lifestyle to benefit the residents of North Buffalo.”

“After much consideration, we believe this location is the best fit for a new YMCA facility,” says John Ehrbar, President and CEO of YMCA Buffalo Niagara. “We look forward to constructing a modern YMCA that will allow us to widen our impact and better meet the needs and interests of children, active older adults, and families in North Buffalo and neighboring communities.”

Following the sale of land to the YMCA, Uniland has 10 acres of its original 20 in the area ready for development.  In June of 2021, the company acquired the building at 820 Hertel which increased ownership to three of the four corner lots at Elmwood-Hertel.

Pictured Above: Uniland’s medical services building for People Inc., Evergreen Health, ECMC Dental and People First Mobility at 800 Hertel.  The 32,000 SF building opened in 2021.  Read more here.

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