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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.

When Tod Martin moved his marketing and communications firm into its new headquarters on Main Street this week, it was the culmination of a 16-year journey. Martin was working for Travers Collins & Co. in 2001 when he decided to start his own business. A risky proposition at any time, it was also a recession and there was no guarantee he'd capture enough work to sus…

Queen City Pop-Up is looking for more small business retailers. Mayor Byron W. Brown, Buffalo Urban Development Corp., Buffalo Place and Working for Downtown want a new group of entrepreneurs to take part in the 2017 Spring Edition of the retail initiative, which allows them to test their products and business rent-free in the downtown marketplace. The program is de…

Mechanical contractor John W. Danforth is expanding again by acquiring a City of Tonawanda property from a medical supplies company to gain more metal fabrication and warehouse space. The Tonawanda-based company paid $1.785 million to buy the 62,598-square-foot facility at 500 Fillmore Ave. from Warrenville, Ill.-based Patterson Medical Supply Inc., parent of the former…

An Elmwood Avenue Pep Boys auto parts store has been sold. Real estate investor Felix Berenstein of Long Island, acting through Black Sea Properties LLC, paid $2.65 million to acquire the 19,676-square-foot retail building at 1996 Elmwood from the Ricco Louis Lagomarsino Testamentary Trust in San Francisco. The leased store, which is not affected by the property sale…

If you want to be able to afford the high-end former home of a Buffalo Bills head coach, you've got to make a lot of dough. And Keith Leo certainly knows how to do that. The owner of Leo's Pizzeria – with four locations in South Buffalo, East Aurora and West Seneca, and a fifth opening in Orchard Park – paid $945,000 this week to buy Rex Ryan's glamorous 6,511-squar…

A panel of state appeals justices Friday rejected the arguments of an environmental group and several individuals seeking to block the proposed Queen City Landing project, potentially clearing the way for work to begin on the planned 23-story apartment tower on Lake Erie. The unanimous ruling by the Appellate Division of the Fourth Judicial Department upheld a prior cou…

Buffalo Niagara's housing market continued chugging along in March, racking up the most closed sales for the month of March in a decade. New data from the Buffalo Niagara Association of Realtors show agents completed 769 transactions in March, up 1.2 percent from the same period a year earlier. That's the most for March since 2007. Meanwhile, pending sales – where…

A development team that hopes to turn a former East Side manufacturing site into a new residential complex will add 25 townhomes to its plan and reduce the number of apartments.   Stuart Alexander and Associates and its development partners want to turn the site of the former Buffalo Forge Manufacturing Plant at 490 Broadway into The Forge on Broadway, a resid…

The Martin Group, the fast-growing, locally based marketing and public relations firm, will move into its new headquarters in downtown Buffalo next week. The communications firm, owned and run by Tod Martin, is wrapping up the final pieces of its $2.25 million historic renovation of a three-story, 18,000-square-foot building at 620 Main, in the heart of Buffalo's Theat…

The developers behind a pair of East Side projects on Jefferson Avenue are inviting residents from the surrounding neighborhoods to a community meeting in late June to discuss the proposed new apartment and medical buildings. The development team – which includes Nick Sinatra and ImmediateCare founder Dr. Greg Daniel, as well as People Inc. and CSS Construction –…

Chason Affinity Companies is hoping its revised plan for condos and retail at Elmwood and Forest avenues will meet with city and neighborhood approval now that it has reduced the building’s size and scale. The new proposal for 1111 Elmwood Ave. cuts the project’s height and width, slashes the number of residential units, reduces the amount of underground parking, ch…

The chief executive of Ellicott Development Co. sees more opportunity on the 6-acre lakefront property in Blasdell that for years has been home to the former Dock at the Bay. And he’s brought in a partner to help. William Paladino sold half of the ownership of the sprawling six-acre property at 3800 Hoover Road and 3833 Bayview Road to Roger J. Pasquarella for $1.1…

Ellicott Development Co. plans to turn a former North Buffalo lumber property into warehouses. The Buffalo-based development company owned by Carl and William Paladino has sought city Planning Board approval to demolish three former warehouse buildings at 1941 Elmwood Ave., while reusing two other existing buildings on the east side of the property along Botsford Place.…

Nick Sinatra has acquired a half-interest in a pair of commercial properties in Buffalo and Grand Island, paying nearly $6 million for the new investments that he plans to own and manage. Sinatra and Company Real Estate paid $4 million to buy 50 percent of an apartment complex at 1954 Delaware Ave. in Buffalo from 2000 Delaware Avenue Apartments LLC, a company controlle…

Concern about traffic has prompted a two-week delay for Planning Board approval of a new school building and other facilities for Tapestry Charter School's proposed expansion. The fast-growing K-12 school in North Buffalo wants to construct a three-story building at 111 Great Arrow Ave. for its kindergarten through fifth grade classes, which would move over from its cur…