By Jill Terreri
UPDATE: This morning, the city Planning Board met, and issued an approval for Uniland's project at the Delaware Court building at 250 Delaware Ave.
The company is planning a 12-story tower for office space and a hotel, and a five-level parking garage in the back, on the Elmwood Avenue side.
Uniland already has approval from the Preservation Board to tear down the existing building and build on the site, and will go before the Zoning Board of Appeals for approval, which it expects to get, based on the company's previous appearance before the board.
Pending other approvals, the company expects to begin construction Jan. 1, but Uniland Vice President Michael Montante said that could change.
The board voted 5-0 to approve the project.
In other action today, Common Council committees meet, and will hear from people on a number of hot topics.
At the 10 a.m. Finance Committee meeting, the comptroller's office will have representatives to discuss an audit of the Erie Basin Marina, though it wasn't clear yesterday whether a lawyer for the city's vendor, Brand-On Services, would appear as well. The lawyer, Mark Carney, downplayed the audit's findings two weeks ago.
UPDATE: There was no discussion about the audit today. The committee met briefly, and Chairman Chris Scanlon said everyone involved will be appear in two weeks to discuss the audit.
At 1 p.m., in the Community Development Committee meeting, a representative of the Buffalo Bisons will discuss use of the ballpark. Ellicott Council Member Darius Pridgen has urged the operators of Coca-Cola Field to host more events there in order to bring in more revenue and to lessen the subsidy required by city taxpayers.
George Hasiotis is also scheduled to speak to lawmakers about plans for an Outer Harbor stadium and entertainment complex. The idea has not won widespread support, but city lawmakers have been on record supporting the project.
Supporters of an expanded downtown campus for Erie Community College will also speak to lawmakers. ECC representatives have not been invited to speak. North Council Member Joe Golombek, who chairs the committee, is calling on the city to use a portion of casino funds to entice ECC to build in the city.
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