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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…

The former Nuchereno's Restaurant and Fortunados 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 …

The Buffalo Planning Board on Tuesday backed a request by an East Side church to convert part of its facility into a daycare 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 …

A City of Tonawanda man was charged Tuesday with several felonies after he allegedly stole a vehicle from a driveway on Brookside Terrace. Derek J. Schlifke, 30, of Scott Street, also used bank cards he found inside the auto, according to City of Tonawanda Police. Schlifke was arrested a week ago by Cheektowaga police on a shoplifting charge. Police said the vehicle was…

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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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Two men with bandanas over their faces, one carrying a rifle, demanded money from two Massachusetts Avenue residents on Tuesday night, according to a Buffalo police report. The assailants entered through the front door of a home on Massachusetts near the corner of Normal Avenue at 11:10 p.m., according to the report. The report noted it was not known whether the front d…

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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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Michelle Urbanczyk will take the reins as chief executive officer at Explore & More Children's Museum in mid-February. It's a position she didn't apply for, but found returning to a museum setting too appealing to turn down. The museum is slated to open at the end of the year at Canalside. "There are so many positive things that Explore & More Children's Muse…

Michael Swartz has been selected as interim health care system director for the VA 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 to his positio…

Hamburg

Hamburg Supervisor James M. Shaw will present his initiatives, plans and view of the town during the 17th annual State of the Town address presented by the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce on Feb. 1. Shaw began his first term as supervisor Jan. 1. The address is part of the chamber's Leaders of Western New York series. The event is scheduled at 11:30 a.m. at Ilio DiPaolo'…

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A man with a gun robbed a Rite Aid store in Buffalo's Riverside neighborhood on Tuesday night, according to a Buffalo police report. The robber approached an employee at the register of the Tonawanda Street store at 6:42 p.m and lifted his shirt to reveal the handle of what appeared to be a gun in his waistband, according to the report. The suspect, who wore a mask c…

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The City of Tonawanda hopes to erect a 16-foot-tall abstract metal sculpture that pays tribute to the Erie Canal on top of the covered canal if supporters can raise $50,000 to $60,000. The city's Visual and Performing Arts Council has commissioned sculptor Henry J. Schmidt to create a sculpture called "The Canal Remembered" that would sit in Niawanda Park along the Niag…

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A masked man with a gun robbed a corner store at Jefferson and East Delavan avenues on Tuesday afternoon, according to a Buffalo police report. The thief entered the store shortly before 5:30 p.m., displayed a chrome handgun and demanded cash, according to the report. The thief was described as 6-foot, about 150 pounds with a thin build. He wore a black mask, a gray …