Investment and Growth Trend Continues

By Jann Wiswall

It’s been an eventful few months in Ellicottville with news of businesses bought and sold, storefronts being filled and new construction plans coming nearly every week, it seems. For those who haven’t been keeping up, here’s a roundup of what’s happening in retail, dining and residential development, as well as information you should have on some new local laws.

New Stores

At 16 Washington St. in the center of the village, a long-vacant storefront is the new home of Adventure Bound onthefly. This full-service outdoor store, opening Fall Festival weekend, offers some of the coolest, smartest, most current equipment and gadgets for every outdoor lover. It’s also committed to turning you on to one of the country’s fastest growing sports — stand up paddleboarding. (See New Businesses, Familiar Faces, cover story.)

On Adventure Bound’s lower floor, the EVL snowboarding shop, The Boardroom (located near Holiday Valley on Rt. 219) has opened a second location — The Boardroom on Main — that will operate during the winter season.

“The two stores will really complement each other,” said The Boardroom’s Spencer Timkey. “Adventure Bound’s offerings like SUPs and other outdoors stuff will really lend itself to the outdoor enthusiast who also probably enjoys skiing/snowboarding.”

Across the street at 11 Washington, another new store has opened. Ameri-Can specializes in U.S. and Canadian-made clothing, antiques and artwork and takes the opportunity to showcase local artists’ work.

New Restaurants

A new Italian restaurant opens Fall Festival weekend at 7 Monroe St. Villaggio will offer “rustic Italian food” created by the owners of Buffalo’s Osteria 166, who promise a relaxed family feel and a very warm welcome.

Fans of Katy’s Café at 10A Washington St. will be excited to hear about Katy’s Fly-In restaurant just a few miles from Ellicottville at 4836 Rt. 219 in Great Valley. Katy Arena opened her second dining establishment in early September and is ready to welcome you all weekend at both locations. Katy’s Fly-In is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Katy’s Café serves breakfast and lunch only.

Off Fillmore Street in the Ellicottville Square complex, there’s a new carry-out and catering business called Wholesome Hideaway (33 Bristol Lane). It specializes in dairy-free, gluten-free, peanut-free and other items that cater to people with special dietary needs and to those seeking healthful meal options. Stop in and carry out some delicious, guilt-free snacks, entrees and desserts.

New Residential

The owners of the Gin Mill are nearly finished with their superb exterior and second floor renovation of 26-28 Washington St., the late 1800s building at the corner of Washington and Monroe streets in the center of the village. Plans call for a new restaurant on the first floor and renovated rental apartments for vacationers on the second floor.

If you’re looking to invest in the Ellicottville vacation scene, you should take a look at several new residential communities that are in various stages of planning and development in and outside the village.

One of Ellicottville’s most historic buildings, the 1887 schoolhouse building at the corner of Jefferson and Washington streets, is being restored to its finest, as the new owners turn the interior into a 7-10 unit luxury condominium with underground parking.

Two new housing developments are under construction on Fillmore Street: the Glendale project, a townhouse community with nine buildings (18 units) on the east side, and Colton Corners, a 19-lot, single-family home subdivision, on the west side.

On Martha Street at the former American Locker site, developers expect to break ground within the next two months on EVLofts, an 18-unit rental apartment complex. The project’s targeted completion is fall 2016.

Just beyond the village, developers are creating 42 Degrees North, a 144-acre resort off Poverty Hill Road. The resort, which will feature 24 lots on 5-8 acres each, will be a four-season vacation property with a community lodge, tennis, swimming pool, Nordic spa, event space, designated trails and more.

And in the Town of Mansfield on HoliMont property, construction of the first home on 31 single-family lots at WestMont Ridge is well underway. Eleven lots are still available for purchase. Plus, 18 new condominium buildings with four units each (72 total) that will be located in the Sunset area are in the design and planning stages.

Resort Investments

Both Holiday Valley and HoliMont have made and continue to make significant investments in their properties to enhance the resort experience for all visitors.

Holiday Valley Road has invested $4 million in 2015-16 projects and improvements at the resort.

The realignment of Holiday Valley Road is the largest and most expensive of the projects. The multi-year project improves access to the resort, parking, traffic and pedestrian circulation, and safety by rerouting the road above and around the main parking area, allowing pedestrians direct access to the base area. See story, cover.

Other projects include installation of 37 new automated snow guns, addition of night lights on several slopes, new equipment for Sky High Adventure Park, new grooming equipment, ongoing renovation of the Inn, golf course improvements and more.

HoliMont has put $650,000 into improvements this year. Nearly half of that was invested into the resort’s power plant and snowmaking operations, which may allow the club to open some slopes earlier this year. The resort also has made a variety of improvements to the main chalet, chairlifts, Chipmunk and Rabbit’s Run beginner slopes and more. (See story, cover.)

New Local Laws

Residents and visitors to Ellicottville should be aware of two new local laws that may affect them.

In September, the Town of Ellicottville passed the Local Alarm Law that will require property owners to obtain annual permits for their alarm systems and to keep them in good working order. Its intent is to ensure that fire and police are able to contact property owners if their alarms go off, either due to a true emergency or a false alarm. It is also intended to reduce the number of false alarms, which are a burden on local fire and police departments.

Town property owners will be informed about the details of the new law through local newspapers, inserts in their annual tax bills and, for some, personal phone calls.

In the Village of Ellicottville, a law requiring “owners and occupants of land to cut, trim or remove brush, grass, rubbish and weeds” was amended to allow the village to fine and/or place a lien on real property if the village itself must mow or remove rubbish and brush on properties that are vacant or poorly maintained. In addition, the village passed a second law allowing certain public servants, in addition to police, to issue appearance tickets for violations.

Ellicottville Central School 

After years of planning, Ellicottville Central Schools recently held a ribbon cutting to officially open its new, $10+ million renovation project that includes a new multi-purpose gymnasium, renovation of 10 classrooms, replacement of the elementary school’s ventilation systems, roof repairs and much more.

Construction has not interrupted the school’s main purpose, however, and results on state assessment rankings prove it. ECS remains the highest ranked district, elementary school, middle school and high school in Cattaraugus County and has shown marked gains in almost every academic ranking category since last year.  The district ranked #1 for the third year in a row for teacher experience in all of Western New York.