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Jonathan D. Epstein

Jonathan Epstein is a business reporter at The Buffalo News, where he covers real estate and development. He formerly covered banking and insurance, and has worked at The Buffalo News since January 2004. He is a graduate of the University of Rochester and Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and is an upstate New York native.


Buffalo

A warehouse storage building off Genesee Street is being targeted for redevelopment into a new apartment facility and neighborhood clinic in the latest effort by a developer to strengthen an East Side neighborhood. Larry Regan's Regan Development Corp. of Ardsley, N.Y., wants to convert the 100,000-square-foot building at 19 Doat St. into 74 affordable-housing apartment…

Business

A pair of young attorneys - one of whom is the daughter of personal-injury titan Ross M. Cellino Jr. - has purchased the lakefront home of prominent Western New York businessman Angelo M. Fatta for $1.05 million. Rafael F. Pignataro and his wife, Jeanna M. Cellino-Pignataro, bought a 5,702-square-foot ranch house on Old Lake Shore Road in Hamburg last week, just a few h…

Buffalo

Developers Karl Frizlen and Jason Yots are poised to start work on converting the former New York Central Freight House into a mixed-use residential and retail building, now that they've purchased the property from E.B. Atlas Steel Corp. Frizlen and Yots, through Buffalo Freight House LLC, paid $750,000 last Friday to acquire the 37,000-square-foot, single-story brick b…

Business

Snow was falling at a brisk pace on Buffalo's East Side Tuesday, but that didn't stop a couple hundred eager construction contractors and individuals from coming out to look for deals amid the tools, vehicles and equipment being auctioned from LPCiminelli's inventory. The sale marked an ignominious end to what many people considered the largest locally based general con…

Buffalo

A 63-year-old former North Buffalo synagogue that is now home to a church is poised to get a new life, as a Clarence developer seeks to put nine new luxury apartments and retail space into the longtime religious building. Rocco J. DelGrosso wants to transform the Faith of the Good Shepherd Chapel at 1235-1237 Hertel Avenue into the newest residential address along the f…

Buffalo

Ellicott Development Co. is aiming to complete its new 12-story mixed-use tower in downtown Buffalo by next September, complete with the region's second Aloft hotel occupying three floors in the center. Ellicott CEO William Paladino said construction on the $75 million project is "moving along very well" and "on schedule" for a Sept. 1 completion. The six-level parki…

Crime

An argument between a customer and an employee of a Dollar General store on West Ferry Street escalated into a full-fledged fight with a tire iron down the street that was recorded on video on a witness' cellphone. A Parkdale Avenue man told Buffalo police officers that he had left the store following an argument with a store employee, but the employee pulled up next to…

Crime

A 29-year-old Buffalo man who called police to report an armed robbery was himself arrested after police found marijuana and ammunition in plain sight in his apartment. Christopher Miller, of 1271 Seneca St., called police late Saturday night, saying that three unknown people had tried to rob him at gunpoint. He also told officers that the suspects fired one round while…

Crime

An ex-boyfriend has been arrested in connection with an apparent domestic-related shooting incident late Saturday night. Buffalo Police report that Dave Thornton, 28, of Lafayette Avenue is charged with assault and criminal possession of a weapon. Northwest District officers responded to the 200 block of Lawn Avenue after receiving a call reporting gunfire just before 1…

Crime

Buffalo Police early Sunday morning seized a loaded handgun and arrested the driver of a tan van for possession of a weapon after responding to a 911 call. Officers found the van parked at 517 Goodyear Ave., with four occupants – one of whom matched the description given by the caller. Police also found the black Highpoint .40-caliber gun, with a single bullet loaded…

Local News

A planned, controlled-burn of an abandoned, dilapidated and fallen-down home in Irving brought out local fire crews after a passerby saw the smoke and flames and reported it as a structure fire. The Irving Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene on Buffalo Road on the Seneca Nation of Indians' Cattaraugus Territory, but quickly learned that Seneca authorities w…

Buffalo

Let there be lights again — at the Electric Tower. Iskalo Development Co. resumed evening lighting of the prominent downtown office building Saturday night, after upgrading the LED lighting system on the structure's exterior. The enhanced lighting system gives the company more options in colors, vibrancy and special sequencing effects, such as allowing for pulsing, f…

A group of local real estate investors have acquired a pair of mixed-use apartment buildings in the Allentown area from a Clarence property manager and broker, paying $3.25 million last month for more than 30 units. Nicholas B. Tzetzo's Tzetzo MFR Holdings LLC, along with David P. Paul, Laurence J. Paul and an entity controlled by Wayne Keller, teamed up to pay $1.625 m…

A family doctor in Clarence has sold a medical office building near his own practice to a Lockport development firm. Dr. Michael J. Bloom, a family doctor on Main Street, sold the Clarence Crossroads Medical Center at 9095 Main Street, near the intersection with Sheridan Drive, to Stephen Development Properties. The purchase price was $1.2 million. The building, whic…