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Year in and year out, they arrive by the hundreds, refugees hoping Buffalo will be their gateway to the American dream. Last year alone, the number of new arrivals rose to more than 1,800 across the region. This year, though, expect about half that number. Immigration advocates say President Trump's downsizing of the nation's resettlement program is almost certain…

Is it an E.B. Green house or isn't it? That's the question that keeps haunting a demolition request by the nonprofit Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus Inc. organization to tear down a small portion of the former Osmose Holdings complex on the northern edge of the Medical Campus. Some preservationists believe a brick home connected in a web of buildings on the site was d…

The Buffalo Preservation Board has given its approval for demolishing a deteriorating Allentown building as long as its façade is kept intact. Owner May Wong had sought to demolish the two-story, red-brick building at 15 Allen St., but the board's approval last week hinged on leaving the front wall standing to remain part of a streetscape that preservationists are vig…

Three buildings in the city's Fruit Belt neighborhood have cleared the initial hurdle to become part of a proposed High Street Historic District. The High Street deli, a run-down Civil-War era former doctor's office and home and a Baptist church that dates to about 1875 would make up their own local historic district. The buildings are on a short block between Maple a…

How many millennials does it take to screw in a light bulb? None, if they live in one of Rane Property Management's apartment or townhouse complexes in the region. That's because the father-and-son development team of Anthony and Nicholas Cutaia has carved out a niche by marketing many of their rental properties to millennials and other young professionals who want a…

NIAGARA FALLS – The Maid of the Mist will launch on Saturday, the earliest opening date in the company's 132-year history. The opening, at 9 a.m. Saturday, will break – by one day – a record set just last year. Then, the Maid of the Mist opened on April 2. The Maid’s average opening date, dating back to 1948, has been May 8. But, that date is creeping…

Martin Boryszak, chief operating officer of Sisters of Charity Hospital, has been named the hospital's president and chief executive officer, the Catholic Health hospital system announced. He will oversee both the hospital’s Main Street facility and St. Joseph Campus in Cheektowaga. Boryszak joined the hospital in 2009 as director of finance and was named vice pre…

West Herr Automotive Group ranked No. 22 among the nation's largest dealer groups, down two spots from a year earlier, according to Automotive News. Orchard Park-based West Herr sold 29,486 new cars and trucks in 2016, which was the basis for the rankings of the top 150 dealer groups. It was the highest-ranked dealer group based in New York state. West Herr's nationa…

Thomas J. Hook, the Integer Holdings Corp. CEO who moved the former Greatbatch Ltd.'s headquarters from Clarence to Texas, has resigned as the medical products manufacturer's president and CEO. Hook's resignation after 11 years as Integer's CEO and 13 years after he joined the company caused the company's stock to tumble by 6 percent, or $2.60, to $38.10 per share on Mo…

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…

It's been nearly half a year since KeyBank converted First Niagara Bank's branches to its own systems, signaling to customers that the transition was truly complete. The bank is still wrapping up some details of its shift from two banks into one – especially with real estate – but is also trying to build on what First Niagara brought to the fold. Among the items on…

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…

Following are real estate transactions over $5,000 as listed in records of the Niagara County clerk’s office for the week ending Nov. 18, 2016. CAMBRIA • Upper Mountain Rd & Thrall Road, Douglas Mawhiney to Thomas J. Mayer, $58,000. • Burch Road, Joanna Piccirillo; Joseph Piccirillo to Jaren M. Israel; Joanne C. Israel, $35,000. GASPORT • 3288 Hartland…

Following are real estate transactions over $5,000 as listed in records of the Erie County clerk’s office for the week ending Feb. 17, 2017. AMHERST • 385 Renaissance Drive, Shirley A. Bluemle to Woon Chong; Bingyan Zhao, $635,000. • 104 Wood Acres Drive, Natalie L. Marshall; John A. Pieri to Scott C. Pfalzer; Jennifer J. Urbaniak, $308,500. • 158 Cherrywood …