The Our Lady of Lourdes rectory and school at Main Street and St. Paul Mall is being planned to be demolished by Ellicott Development Company. On this coming Thursday, the Buffalo Preservation Board will consider the request. A “large multi-story building” is proposed for the site.
The adjacent convent and school from Prayer & Praise Fellowships Inc. was purchased for $370,000 by Ellicot Development way back in 2009. The church at 1115 Main Street was bought a year later in April for $40,000 from 1115 Main Street Inc. The circa-1898 church near Best Street was closed in 1993. Ellicott is demolishing nearly all of the block on St. Paul as they have been buying residential properties there in recent years.
The two-story rectory and three-story school total just under 30,000 sq.ft. on a .63 acre lot.
According to the Preservation Board agenda, Ellicott would like to:
Redevelop the northeast corner of Main Street and St. Paul Mall. As part of the development they will demolish the former rectory and school building and one additional house (47 St. Paul Mall) on site to construct a large multi-story building.
In 2010. the rectory was planned to be demolished by Ellicott but pulled the application before it was considered by the Preservation Board.