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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.

The Buffalo City Mission won approval Monday from the Buffalo Planning Board for its $15.1 million proposal to construct a new four-story complex in downtown Buffalo to house its growing operations. The nonprofit, together with McGuire Development Group, plans to erect a new 74,138-square-foot facility on its current parking lot at 90 E. Tupper St. and then demolish i…

The remaining commercial building of the former Shea's Seneca Theatre will get a new lease on life. The Buffalo Planning Board Monday night approved developer Jake Schneider's $9 million adaptive-reuse proposal to renovate the two-story building at 2178 Seneca St. into a mixed-use facility. Plans call for 21 apartments, a new 136-seat black-box theatre for Second Gen…

Two weeks after signalling their readiness to approve a major project on Jefferson Avenue, the Buffalo Planning Board formalized its support Monday for People Inc. and two development partners to construct a pair of new apartment buildings just north of the Johnnie B. Wiley Amateur Athletic Sports Pavilion. The social services nonprofit is working with Nick Sinatra and…

The Buffalo Planning Board on Monday approved a proposal by the owners of the Tri-Main Center on Main Street in Buffalo to finish their $4.5 million redevelopment of the nearby former Phoenix Frontier building into a mixed-use project. Plans by Tri-Main Development LLC call for renovating the three-story building at 45 Jewett Parkway, at the corner of Halbert Street, wi…

Two former Buffalo Athletic Club locations in the suburbs that had been acquired and then closed by L.A. Fitness have now been sold to Benderson Development Co. Benderson, through Undev LLC, paid $1.45 million to buy the two club buildings at 4687 Transit Rd. in Clarence and 1185 Niagara Falls Blvd. in Amherst from Fitness International LLC. Both were formerly BAC locat…

As work continues to transform a former Niagara Street warehouse into the Crescendo Lofts, owner Angelo Natale is taking aim at his next redevelopment project – directly across the street. Natale Development, through 1485 Niagara LLC, paid $599,000 on Friday to acquire the former Aldrich & Ray Manufacturing Company building from Bowmart Niagara LLC, according to…

Construction of the proposed new Explore & More Children's Museum at Canalside will officially kick off Wednesday when museum and state officials break ground at the new site in downtown Buffalo. The groundbreaking will take place at 10 a.m. near the intersection of Marine Drive and Lloyd Street, where the planned new four-story building will be located. Expected to…

July 1, 1930 - March 22, 2017 Norman C. McLaughlin, a longtime Catholic education administrator and social justice activist in Western New York, died Wednesday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst. He was 86. Mr. McLaughlin, who lived in   Williamsville,  was a longtime educator and advocate of  peace and justice causes. Born in Groveland, Livingston …

An Oakfield man, who earlier was warned not to drive after going the wrong way on a one-way street, was later stopped again for drunk driving in the City of Tonawanda. Christopher M. Oliveras, 25, of Lockport Road, had already been told to park his car Saturday night after he was pulled over for driving the wrong way. Later, at about 1:30 a.m. Sunday, Tonawanda police…

A Cheektowaga man was arrested by City of Tonawanda police Saturday night after he kicked in a door and threatened another man with an aluminum baseball bat. Ian C. Arnitz, 29, of Huth Road, was charged with third-degree menacing, criminal mischief and criminal possession of a weapon, stemming from a dispute with a man living on Johnson Street in Tonawanda. At about …

A late-night fire Saturday near Doat Street caused about $60,000 in damages to the building and contents of two-and-a-half-story home, but no one was injured, Buffalo fire officials said Sunday. The 11 p.m. fire in the frame house at 215 Keystone St. started on the first floor before extending to the attic. Fire crews attacked the blaze from the front and rear before ex…

A 35-year-old Niagara Falls man has been charged in the stabbing of four people in a Niagara Falls bar last night that sent two men and two women to the hospital. Niagara Falls police on Sunday identified the suspect in the fight at Third Street Tap Room as Eddie Alnardo Mayo of Willow Avenue. He was charged with first-degree assault, three counts of second-degree assa…

Leaders at the City Mission in 2014 unveiled a dream expansion that would have tripled the size of its East Tupper Street headquarters and created room for 184 emergency shelter beds. But after three years of fits and starts, the project didn't get off the ground. Now, the City Mission is pursuing a scaled-back, $15.1 million plan to construct a four-story complex an…

Developers who want to put a "faith-built" apartment community in a former Kenmore church school are seeking $215,000 in tax breaks from the Erie County Industrial Development Agency to support the  conversion. Developers Lawrence Bicz and Ken Vasile intend to transform the former St. Paul's School at 45 Victoria Blvd. into 37 market-rate apartments. The project, du…

Habitat Buffalo wants to encourage more women to play a role in construction. The local nonprofit homebuilding organization wants to engage women to learn construction fields and participate in building homes. Habitat Buffalo has previously built homes with all-female teams. But this spring, it will participate for the first time in the national Habitat for Humanit…