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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.


Crime

A Buffalo teen and her boyfriend are charged with second-degree murder in the death of the girl's 58-year-old father Friday night in their home. Alexandria Heath, 17, and Romaine Jirdon, 19, also of Buffalo, are accused of beating and stabbing Thomas Heath around 9:30 p.m. in the Heaths' West Ferry Street home, District Attorney John J. Flynn announced Sunday. Hea…

Buffalo

The Episcopal Diocese of Western New York didn't have a prayer at this week's Buffalo Preservation Board meeting. The city agency dealt a blow Thursday to a controversial proposal to convert most of the former Ascension Church in Buffalo into senior housing, voting down the plan that would have brought 28 new apartments to the longtime religious building. The board's…

Business

Homebuilder Essex Homes has completed the third phase of its newest luxury patio home project in Clarence, as it prepares to move into the final stage of the development. The developer has added 22 lots to the existing Essex Greens at Waterford project, including five that are currently under contract and under construction. That added another $10 million to the overall…

The owner of the former machining division of Buffalo Forge has acquired a Lockport light industrial manufacturing facility to house its operation. Joseph Silva, owner and CEO of Buffalo Machines Inc., paid $310,000 to acquire the 17,612-square-foot facility at 240 Michigan St. in Lockport. The one-story facility, which was constructed in 1950 on 3.3 acres, includes a r…

Construction and engineering firm Wendel Companies has expanded its Midwestern presence with a new office in Ohio's state capital. The Amherst-based company opened a new location in the Columbus suburb of Upper Arlington, led by Craig Burcham, a 13-year veteran of energy engineering and energy management services. The new office, which opened in response to a growing cl…

A Lockport-based national buying group for industrial and contractor supplies distributors has opened its new headquarters along the Erie Canal. NetPlus Alliance, which traces its roots to the Ward Brothers machine shop in the 1800s, is now based at 57 Canal St., in the same building from which Ward once operated. It was also the original location for Harrison Radiator,…

Business

Social services agency People Inc. this week unveiled its newest low-income housing project with additional support for clients, after completing the adaptive-reuse and conversion of a former school in the City of Tonawanda. The $10.5 million Highland School Apartments at 105 Highland Ave. offers 38 new affordable apartments in a three-story building that dates back a c…

Buffalo

Doctors, nurses and patients have moved. The closed sign is up. After a whirlwind, 12-hour move on Friday, it's down to the last pieces of equipment. The keys to the old Women & Children’s Hospital were handed over to a development team led by Nick Sinatra and William Paladino on Monday, according to Paladino on Monday evening. So what happens now? For start…

The owners of an executive search firm in Orchard Park have acquired a former medical office building in West Seneca. James and Martha Cipriani, through 4154 Seneca Street LLC, bought a 4,800-square-foot building at 4154 Seneca St. from Mr. Venture Associates Inc. for $390,000. The seller is registered to Ravinder N. Chopra, who owns the Center for Ambulatory Surgery…

Business

Home sales in Western New York set record-high prices in October, as demand for houses continues to outpace the supply. The average price for a home sold in the Buffalo Niagara area rose 5.4 percent last month to $170,454 compared to October 2016, according to new data from the Buffalo Niagara Association of Realtors. That's the highest on record for the month since at …

Buffalo

The development team tasked with reusing the old Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo is ready to take possession of the Bryant Street campus as soon as next week after Kaleida Health completes the move of the hospital to the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus this week. Sinatra & Company Real Estate and Ellicott Development Co. anticipate completing the purchase …

Buffalo

Got a craving for Sinatra's lasagna? Just a few more weeks to go. After months of construction, the new Sinatra's restaurant in the Village of Kenmore is slated to open in December, just before the holiday season and in time to greet its loyal customer base. That's the word from developer Nick Sinatra, who is building a three-story mixed-use building at 945 Kenmore Ave.…

Two of the largest Western New York trade groups within the construction industry have joined forces to share resources, staff and services for their members while maintaining separate identities. The Construction Exchange of Buffalo and WNY Inc. and the Buffalo Niagara Builders' Association signed an administrative services agreement under which they will operate under…

Buffalo

Construction on 30 townhouses on part of the former Central Park Plaza site will likely get underway by the middle of next year, now that the Buffalo Planning Board has approved the proposal. Elim Christian Fellowship's Elim Community Development Corp. and Belmont Housing Resources have teamed up to construct the affordable-housing complex of five two-story buildings at…

Buffalo

The Buffalo Planning Board on Monday again approved the Buffalo Federation of Neighborhood Centers' Westminster Commons project on the East Side, after the project took so long to get started that the original approval expired. The nonprofit consortium of human-services centers plans to construct a new apartment complex with supplementary services to support seniors a…