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Details for downtown food market unveiled, raising parking concerns for residents

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) -- - Ciminelli Real Estate unveiled more of its plans for a fresh food market in downtown Buffalo Wednesday, but not everyone is on board.


Many people say while the idea for the Braymiller food market in downtown Buffalo is great, the current proposed project doesn't offer much parking which could be a headache for people living there.


The one-story food market would be located on Ellicott Street downtown near the public library. Ciminelli Real Estate is behind the project. It also includes a separate building with more than two hundred 1 and 2 bedroom apartments.


Developers say they want to make it a more pedestrian friendly area, by encouraging the use of bikes and ride sharing. They say they've had a lot of community input.


"What we've heard is they want accessibility to downtown, they want fresh food offering in city center and they want to have a price point that's accessible for your everyday buffalonian," said Matt Davison, project spokesperson for Ciminelli Real Estate.


While some people support the plans for apartments and a food market, others say it doesn't leave shoppers with many parking options. Developers say there will at least 20 parking spots strictly for shoppers.


The plans are still in the early stages nd will have to be presented again to the City of Buffalo Zoning Board of Appeals next month.


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