Jonathan D. Epstein, The Buffalo News

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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.


Two multi-family residential projects on Virginia and Genesee streets received variances Wednesday from the Buffalo Zoning Board of Appeals, allowing them to proceed despite being larger than what the Green Code allows. The Zoning Board gave its assent to Hispanics United's proposal to build its new La Plaza senior housing community at 253 Virginia St., with 46 units of…

A new boutique hotel is coming to Delaware Avenue. Developer Noel Sutton, who has previously specialized in restoring long-neglected homes and other buildings in Allentown, has acquired a three-story brick-and-masonry building at 1296 Delaware Ave., which he plans to convert into the nine-room Viceroy Hotel, with off-street parking. Sutton paid $415,000 to buy it from J…

The Buffalo Zoning Board of Appeals on Wednesday granted a pair of variances to allow construction of a proposed five-story apartment building at the corner of Hertel and Parkside avenues in North Buffalo, despite opposition by a few neighbors. John and Ruth Ann Daly, through O'Dalaigh Real Estate, want to build the 32-unit apartment complex on the site of a longtime f…

Home sale prices in Western New York hit new peaks over the summer, as the region's housing market continued to churn past historic records. The median sale price hit record highs in August and September as high demand for homes continued to outstrip supply. The median sale price rose 11 percent in August from the same month a year earlier, hitting $150,000 for what…

A historic three-story Brooklyn-style brownstone building that is part of the Midway series of rowhouses on Delaware Avenue is being eyed for a renovation that will create a new mixed-use project at the southern end of the prominent block. Scott A. Croce, brother of hospitality developer Mark Croce, wants to spend $250,000 through Leo Strong LLC to restore the 5,396-squ…

As developer Nick Sinatra proceeds with plans to transform a historic former manufacturing warehouse on Great Arrow Avenue into 73 market-rate apartments, he wants Erie County to provide tax breaks to make the project more affordable. Sinatra & Company Real Estate is seeking $645,000 in mortgage recording and sales tax help next week from the Erie County Industrial …

A proposal to construct a five-story apartment building with retail space and underground parking at the intersection of Hertel and Parkside avenues has stirred anger in the North Buffalo neighborhood because its height would exceed city limits. John and Ruth Ann Daly, through O'Dalaigh Real Estate, want to build the 32-unit apartment complex on the site of a longtime f…

Medicaid special reimbursement payments to Erie County Medical Center are being slashed  by two-thirds for this fiscal year after Congress failed to reinstate a key portion of the federal program for hospitals by Oct. 1. State officials notified the hospital that the institution's payments would be reduced by $29 million. ECMC will receive $15 million in Medicaid "d…

The Buffalo lawmaker who represents the district where a Cheektowaga man wants to open up a halal slaughterhouse on Walden Avenue said Friday that he's firmly opposed to any such plan for that location, citing its proximity to a residential neighborhood. Lovejoy Common Councilmember Richard Fontana said the proposed use by Masaab Darwish would be "obtrusive" and harmful…

The former hallways of a Niagara Falls middle school are about to welcome new footsteps. But this time, they're residents, not students. Developer CB Emmanuel Realty celebrated the grand opening of its new Niagara City Lofts project Friday, marking the culmination of a $24.4 million redevelopment of the former South Junior High School into workforce housing. Opened i…

Two housing nonprofits in Buffalo and Rochester have teamed up to offer $1.2 million in downpayment assistance for first-time homebuyers in Erie and Monroe counties. Under the Project Reinvest: Homeownership program, West Side Neighborhood Housing Services in Buffalo and NeighborWorks Rochester will offer up to $10,500  in no-interest deferred grants to eligible homeb…

Opposition is mounting to a proposal to put a poultry slaughterhouse on the site of a former Dairy Queen on Walden Avenue in a residential Buffalo neighborhood. Masaab Darwish wants to open a street-front restaurant and a slaughterhouse, mainly for fresh chicken and turkeys, at 822 Walden Ave., near Academy  Road. He is asking the Buffalo Zoning Board of Appeals for a…

City officials are evaluating whether to grant low-interest loans of $750,000 each to a pair of proposals to redevelop the McCarley Gardens housing project near the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus and convert the historic C.W. Miller Livery building in downtown Buffalo into a second Emerson School of Hospitality campus. The projects by Sinatra & Company Real Estate a…

An Amherst information technology company is moving to the Town of Tonawanda after its owner purchased a new building on Niagara Falls Boulevard. James Papafagos, who owns Buffalo Computing Solutions, paid $375,000 to acquire a free-standing building from an entity registered to apartment management firm Pearce & Pearce, owned by William Pearce. The 4,726-square-…