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The Samaritan Counseling Center will conduct a conference Jan. 27 focused on helping families identify whether a loved one is addicted to opioids. The conference from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Ebenezer United Church of Christ, 630 Main St., West Seneca, will focus on the questions to ask when a family member becomes addicted. It will include a continental breakfast and lig…

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A former BJ's Wholesale Club building in the City of Tonawanda was acquired this month by wholesale distributor of auto parts. Syracuse-based United Auto Supply paid $2.95 million to buy the 105,971-square-foot warehouse building at 800 Young St., according to Erie County Clerk records and Pyramid Brokerage Co., which handled the sale. The 10.5-acre property, located…

The Buffalo Planning Board on Tuesday evening approved a request by a charitable foundation working on behalf of Jericho Road Community Health Center to combine two properties on Lombard and Clark streets as part of its renovation of a former department store into a medical clinic and nonprofit office space. Mosaic 659 Foundation, founded by Jericho board member Mark He…

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The building that formerly housed Fortunato's Restaurant is about to be reborn – as Riverside Place. Tina DeJesus is seeking Buffalo Common Council approval to re-establish a restaurant at 1083 Tonawanda St., directly across from Riverside Park. The 5,946-square-foot, two-story building has a fully equipped restaurant and bar that seats 90 on the ground floor and a s…

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The Buffalo Planning Board on Tuesday backed a request by an East Side church to convert part of its facility into a day care center for infants through toddlers. The Lincoln Memorial United Methodist Church needs an adaptive-reuse permit from the Common Council to renovate the pastor's office, parlor and two Sunday school classrooms into three rooms for children and an…

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The Buffalo Planning Board Tuesday evening agreed to take the lead in state-mandated environmental reviews for a proposed Ciminelli Real Estate Corp. condominium and townhouse project at 240-260 Lakefront Blvd. and for Ellicott Development Co.'s proposed redevelopment of the facility at 55-59 Chicago St., known as the Cooperage. Ciminelli plans to construct seven townho…

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The Buffalo Planning Board on Tuesday approved a request by Utah developer to extend by six months the board's July 2017 approval for a proposed $30 million student housing project. David Freeman's DF Fusion Investments of Provo, Utah, plans to convert the former Keystone Corp. manufacturing complex at 2929-2939 Main St. into more than 300 units of graduate-student housin…

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The developer behind the conversion of the former Schoellkopf Connector and Power House buildings into a new mixed-use complex now has a new goal: introduce soccer fields to the mix. Businessman Jon Williams is working to redevelop the 21.7-acre industrial site at the corner of Elk and Lee streets, near the Buffalo River, into a blend of office, residential and industri…

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Michael Swartz has been selected as interim health care system director for the Veterans Affairs Western New York Healthcare System and will start work here Jan. 29, federal officials announced. Swartz currently serves as director for the Bath and Canandaigua VA medical centers. He replaces Paul S. Crews, who has served in an interim basis since October and will return …

Buffalo Dental Group has bought the property in East Amherst where it plans to build new offices to replace its Williamsville location. The practice purchased 1.3 acres of vacant land at 6600 and 6588 Main St., near Brompton Road, for $507,000 from Main Genesis Group LLC,  according to a document filed with the Erie County Clerk's Office. Dr. Bernard J. Kolber, a Buf…

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Uber has crunched some numbers on its first six months in Buffalo and compiled a list of its top 10 drop-off destinations in the region. They are: Buffalo Niagara International Airport in Cheektowaga Greyhound Bus Station, 181 Ellicott St. New Era Field in Orchard Park Falley Allen, a bar and restaurant at 204 Allen St. University at Buffalo's Ellicott …

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Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's proposed budget did not mention any additional Buffalo Billion programs. He proposed $750 million for an eighth round of Regional Economic Development Councils, which set regional economic development priorities and compete against each other for funding allocations. Cuomo also proposed continuing projects through the Upstate Revitalization Ini…

United Auto Workers Region 9, which is based in Amherst, will choose a new director, after Terry Dittes was named a UAW vice president. Dittes had served as regional director since 2014, overseeing a territory that covers Western and Central New York, New Jersey and parts of Pennsylvania. A vote on a new Region 9 director, by representatives of locals that make up t…

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Sharon Randaccio was selected as Vistage Chair, bringing a peer advisory board to Buffalo leaders. Randaccio is a former bank executive and founder of Performance Management Partners Inc. Vistage Worldwide is an organization designed exclusively CEOs and executive leaders who are looking to drive better better results for their companies.