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Buffalo Harbor State Park, located at the southern end of the Outer Harbor, seems inconspicuous despite its 190 acres of rolling waterfront land. But New York State spent $15 million on the park since it acquired the land in 2013, and now 240,000 people a year are visiting it, according to the state. The park is now home to a nautical-themed playground, 1,000-slip mari…

Buffalo Harbor State Park, located at the southern end of the Outer Harbor, seems inconspicuous despite its 190 acres of rolling waterfront land. But New York State spent $15 million on the park since it acquired the land in 2013, and now 240,000 people a year are visiting it, according to the state. The park is now home to a nautical-themed playground, 1,000-slip mari…

As developer Nick Sinatra proceeds with plans to transform a historic former manufacturing warehouse on Great Arrow Avenue into 73 market-rate apartments, he wants Erie County to provide tax breaks to make the project more affordable. Sinatra & Company Real Estate is seeking $645,000 in mortgage recording and sales tax help next week from the Erie County Industrial …

A Delta Sonic proposed for Niagara Falls Boulevard is on the agenda for Thursday's Amherst Planning Board meeting after the project was delayed for months to give the developer time to meet with neighbors to address their concerns. The company is planning to build a car wash, gas station, oil change building, convenience store and drive-thru restaurant at the longtime …

A proposal to construct a five-story apartment building with retail space and underground parking at the intersection of Hertel and Parkside avenues has stirred anger in the North Buffalo neighborhood because its height would exceed city limits. John and Ruth Ann Daly, through O'Dalaigh Real Estate, want to build the 32-unit apartment complex on the site of a longtime f…

Natale Builders has brought its plan to build 80 houses on a sprawling plot of land in East Amherst out of limbo. Natale's attorneys on Friday asked the Town Board to schedule a public hearing on the zoning change required for the project, Amherst Supervisor Barry Weinstein said. Weinstein said he doesn't expect the board will hold a hearing before the end of the year.…

A developer's plan to build apartments and townhouses on a former industrial site in Williamsville received two key approvals from the Village Board on Thursday. The Village Board determined the proposal by Natale Development would not harm the environment and authorized Mayor Brian Kulpa to sign a land swap agreement with the developer. The village still must finali…

Aldi is planning to remodel and expand its decade-old store on Transit Road in East Amherst, featuring more fresh food, a modern design and use of green building materials. The company is seeking permission for a 2,960-square-foot expansion of its 15,400-square-foot store at 9290-9300 Transit Road, between Casey and Muegel roads. The project will result in the loss of…

The Buffalo lawmaker who represents the district where a Cheektowaga man wants to open up a halal slaughterhouse on Walden Avenue said Friday that he's firmly opposed to any such plan for that location, citing its proximity to a residential neighborhood. Lovejoy Common Councilmember Richard Fontana said the proposed use by Masaab Darwish would be "obtrusive" and harmful…

The former hallways of a Niagara Falls middle school are about to welcome new footsteps. But this time, they're residents, not students. Developer CB Emmanuel Realty celebrated the grand opening of its new Niagara City Lofts project Friday, marking the culmination of a $24.4 million redevelopment of the former South Junior High School into workforce housing. Opened i…

The Town of Cheektowaga will hold a public hearing Oct. 24 on a request to rezone a parcel for a proposed auto collision repair shop at the southeast corner of Union and French roads. Andrew J. Moquin requested the rezoning for MAACO Auto Paint and Collision. The parcel at 5 French once held an oil change shop and would be rezoned from vehicle repair to collision rep…

Natale Builders' plan to build 80 houses on 57 acres along New Road in East Amherst got the go-ahead from the town Planning Board six months ago, over the objections of neighbors who said they feared adding traffic to a busy road with no sidewalks. But Natale has yet to ask the Town Board to schedule a hearing on the nearly $35 million project. CEO Angelo Natale said…

City officials are evaluating whether to grant low-interest loans of $750,000 each to a pair of proposals to redevelop the McCarley Gardens housing project near the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus and convert the historic C.W. Miller Livery building in downtown Buffalo into a second Emerson School of Hospitality campus. The projects by Sinatra & Company Real Estate a…

Cheektowaga plans to purchase 10 electric vehicles and install charging stations at Town Hall if it wins a $250,000 clean energy grant. Assistant town engineer Peter Johnston talked about the plan Tuesday during a work session of the Town Board. Lawmakers are expected to approve the grant application at its next regular session Oct. 23.  The proposal must be submi…

Architect-turned-developer Jake Schneider is expanding his holdings in South Buffalo, adding the historic Liberty Bank building on Seneca Street with plans to bring a brewery, distillery or restaurant to the former branch site. Schneider Development paid $150,000 to buy the 3,800-square-foot structure at 2221 Seneca St. from Bank of America Corp. The one-story building,…

A Pittsburgh-based development firm that specializes in Family Dollar and other retail stores is planning to open a new location of the discount chain in a former industrial area on Clinton Street that neighbors say is in dire need of such services. Durban Group wants to construct a new 8,300-square-foot store at 1029-1043 Clinton St. It would include 35 parking spaces …