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Frank Lloyd Wright, Louise Bethune and Louis Sullivan would be relieved, and proud. Historic renovation projects have become the rage in Buffalo. One local developer after another has jumped in to restore the city’s treasure trove of older structures – a radical shift after decades of focusing on sprawling business parks in the suburbs.Area developers are snatching up olde…

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He’s not exactly one of the household names in Western New York development, but a Kaleida Health transplant surgeon is carving a reputation for himself in real estate by placing big bets on the long-term future of his adopted hometown.Since moving to Buffalo more than a decade ago, Dr. Fadi Dagher has invested more than $10 million to buy up and improve both residential a…

DUNKIRK – Mayor A.J. Dolce said plans are being finalized for several urban renewal projects in the city that will be partially funded by the Chautauqua County Land Bank Program. Dolce reported on the project at the meeting of the city’s Planning and Economic Development Committee Tuesday in City Hall. He said he toured several sites in the city with land bank personnel, a…

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Seeking to encourage more redevelopment of Buffalo’s trove of historic buildings, city officials on Monday released a new survey report designed to make it easier for local and even out-of-town developers to know what properties could qualify for historic tax credits and what incentives are available.The new Buffalo Preservation Ready Survey, rolled out by Mayor Byron W. B…

About 100 people came to an the open house-style community meeting Saturday to offer opinions about how Elmwood Village should evolve over the next decade, including how to use the Bryant Street campus that currently is home to Women & Children’s Hospital.People who wrote ideas on Post-It notes near maps of the different sections of the neighborhood said they wanted more p…

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Chason Affinity Cos.’ plan for a mixed-use development at the corner of Elmwood and Forest avenues in Buffalo took a step forward with a court ruling in its favor on Friday.State Supreme Court Justice John A. Michalek sided with the developer over a group of property owners in a dispute over enforcement of deed covenants that could block the project. The property owners’ a…

No work should begin on apartments planned for Youngs Road in Amherst until the Army Corps of Engineers has a chance to review claims that the site contains wetlands.That’s the contention from opponents, who went to the Town Board meeting Tuesday night and pleaded with town officials to intervene in Amherst’s latest building controversy.“I’m asking this board not to permit…

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As the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus continues to grow, preservationists want to create a “mini historic district” nearby in the city’s Fruit Belt that would likely save a Civil War-era house threatened with demolition.Instead of moving to just designate the dilapidated brick house at 204 High St. a landmark, the Historic Preservation Board wants the city to create a “the…

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As quickly as the bricks and mortar go up at the downtown HarborCenter, so, too, do the partnerships between the Buffalo Sabres and other area organizations.The perennially competitive Erie Community College Kats ice hockey program – the 2011 National Champion of the National Junior Collegiate Athletic Association – will join Division I Canisius College in calling HarborCe…

Three buildings in Buffalo – two of them adjacent to one another – now under redevelopment have been nominated for the State and National Registers of Historic Places, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has announced.The 1896 Sibley & Holmwood Candy Factory, 149 Swan St., which operated from 1896 to 1927, and the 1901 Witkop & Holmes Headquarters, 145 Swan St., which was in business fro…

The Buffalo Billion is getting ready to take off.More than two years after Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo launched his signature economic development initiative for the Buffalo Niagara region, work is likely to begin on some of the high-profile projects as summer approaches.And with funding for the Buffalo Billion’s remaining $680 million included in the state budget that was approv…

Immigrants seeking a “green card” in Buffalo will soon have a new address at which to obtain help.The U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Service office in Western New York is seeking to move up the street to new digs at 306-310 Delaware Ave. in Buffalo in a vacant three-story building.The federal agency will use the first two floors of the building, taking up 25,000 square fee…

April is Dig Safely Month and the state Public Service Commission is marking it by reminding excavators and contractors that state law requires them to call one of the state’s toll-free notification centers by dialing 811 before they start any project.“Damage to utility facilities during excavation can result in loss of utility service, personal injury and property damage,…

If anyone doubted that the Buffalo Billion was real, the proof is in the state budget.Beyond the plans that have steadily trickled out over the last two years for hubs that specialize in clean energy, medical genomics, information technology and advanced manufacturing, the Buffalo Billion is about money – a massive commitment by the state to try to revive the economy in th…

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The flat yellow facade of a former hot dog stand in a highly visible downtown location will be coming off, and the building will be returned to what it looked like in the mid-19th century, architect Steven J. Carmina told the Planning Board this week.Carmina plans to restore the facade of the former Texas Red Hots at 5-7 Genesee St., one of the oldest buildings in the Main…