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Plans for the historic restoration and adaptive reuse of the old Schoellkopf ice house are on hold amid concerns about the structural integrity of parts of the historic building in Buffalo's Valley neighborhood. Businessman Jon Williams wants to redevelop the entire 21.7-acre industrial site at the corner of Elk and Lee streets, near the Buffalo River, into residential,…

A lengthy process meant to guide future growth and redevelopment in Amherst may reach a critical point at a special Planning Board meeting on Thursday, June 22. Board members will review proposed amendments to the town's comprehensive plan during a public hearing at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers at Amherst Town Hall, 5583 Main St., Williamsville. The amendments were …

Dunn Tire has received the final approvals the company needs for its new store planned for Sheridan Drive in Amherst. The town Planning Board last week approved the site plan for the store at 3424 Sheridan, just east of Sweet Home Road, which will take over space that now houses Color-Tech Photo Lab. And the town Zoning Board of Appeals on Tuesday approved a variance al…

After more than three hours of testimony, Chason Affinity Co.'s request for six zoning variances for an Elmwood Avenue condominium project was tabled by the Zoning Board of Appeals Wednesday, further holding up the $30 million project that has already lingered in uncertainty for months. The panel had started discussion on the matter in order to make a ruling, when membe…

A Buffalo-based commercial and industrial deep-sea diving firm plans to build two pole barns on its Katherine Street property for commercial boat and construction equipment storage. Mark Judd's Bidco Marine Group Inc. plans to add 10,872 square feet of dry storage and maintenance space on its five-acre parcel at 220 Katherine, along the Buffalo River in the Old First Wa…

Ellicott Development Co. hopes to start construction within 45 days on a six-story, retail and office building next to Our Lady of Lourdes Church on Main Street. The development company plans to unveil adaptive-reuse plans for the church shortly. Ellicott Development, owned by Carl and William Paladino, received city approval earlier this year to construct a $35 m…

A Williamsville real estate investor wants to build a nine-unit apartment building on West Utica Street in Buffalo. Whitesand Family is seeking city Planning Board approval to demolish a 117-year-old, two-story home and construct a three-story building on a 0.16-acre lot at 297 W. Utica St., with indoor parking on the first floor. The Board agreed Monday to take the lea…

The City of Tonawanda Common Council will vote on the next step for David Homes' proposed Riverwalk Villas when it meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday. A resolution calls for the city to act as lead agency for an environmental review and send the project to the Planning and Zoning Board to consider rezoning the vacant property from R-1 to R-2, as well as to review the proposed site…

Grocer Joe Dash and his attorney thought they were asking for a simple zoning change to make his new Hertel Avenue market consistent with other large grocery stores in the city. Instead, they found themselves confronting vocal critics as they made their pitch to the Buffalo Planning Board on Monday night. Dash wants to demolish his existing Dash's Market at 1764 Her…

The company building the new Whole Foods Market in Amherst expects to finish construction by late August. Scott Finn, the project manager for Picone Construction Co., told The Buffalo News the company is on track to turn over the completed store to Whole Foods in the weeks before Labor Day. That is "pretty close" to the original construction timeline, Finn said in the f…

The Park School of Buffalo plans to start construction on its new science center in August now that the project has received final approval from the Amherst Planning Board. The private institution in 2015 unveiled plans for the Knopp-Hailpern Science Center, named in honor of the late math teachers Jacky Knopp and Raoul Hailpern. The Park School filed detailed plans…

Amherst is considering acquiring the former Westwood Country Club site through eminent domain, but that is just one option being considered, town officials said Monday. Mensch Capital Partners, which owns the 171-acre property, has proposed a $250 million mixed-use development of Westwood that has drawn stiff opposition from neighbors. The Town Board on Monday night…

May Wang will have to wait a little longer before she can proceed with her plans for a new apartment building on Allen Street. The Buffalo Preservation Board last week delayed a vote on her proposal to retain as much of the historic facade of 15 Allen as possible, demolish the rest, and rebuild a new three-story structure in its place. They liked the $1.7 million plan f…

Hot dog, hot dog, hot-diggity-dog! Increasing sales and the spread of its business to 15 states is prompting Sahlen Packing Co. Inc. to expand its Buffalo operation with a new high-pressure packaging and storage facility. The goal is to enhance food safety, while also extending the shelf-life of its meats, which don't sell as quickly outside of the Western New York…

A North Buffalo neighborhood that has already seen five old manufacturing buildings brought back to life or targeted for redevelopment is poised to see another enormous daylight factory turn into apartments. Developer Nick Sinatra wants to transform the long-vacant Pierce-Arrow Factory Complex at 255 Great Arrow Ave. into 72 new market-rate loft apartments. The project …