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Former judge Anthony P. LoRusso is taking a second stab at affordable housing on Buffalo's West Side – with a new proposal for a 39-unit apartment building around the corner from his first project. LoRusso's APL Property Group seeks city approval to construct a four-story building at 129 West Ave., with one-bedroom apartments priced at what LoRusso termed an "affordable…

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The Buffalo Planning Board Monday agreed to start environmental reviews for the first proposed project at the former Women & Children's Hospital site – triggering the start of what is expected to be a major transformation of nearly eight acres. Sinatra & Company Real Estate and Ellicott Development Co. want to construct a six-story building at 451 Elmwood Ave., …

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Uniland Development Corp., one of the region's biggest commercial real estate firms, is negotiating with the owner of the Eastern Hills Mall about taking an investment stake in the Clarence retail center as part of a potential redevelopment. L. Robert Lieb, chairman and CEO of Mountain Development Corp., confirmed that his company is talking to the Amherst-based develop…

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Ellicott Development Co. has completed its purchase of the historic Cooperage property near Ohio Street, setting the stage for its $7 million redevelopment project to begin. The developer, owned by Carl and William Paladino, paid $526,100 through Cooperage LLC to Clinton Brown's Newark Niagara to buy the vacant and derelict complex at 55-59 Chicago St. Plans now call…

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The City of Niagara Falls should move quickly to upgrade its existing Conference & Event Center while considering construction of a new multiuse venue in the future. That was the final verdict from a Minneapolis consulting firm hired by Niagara County to study the feasibility of constructing a moderately sized building in downtown Niagara Falls that could be used as…

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A cellular tower – Lancaster's 13th – was recommended for approval Tuesday by the town Planning Board – but the endorsement was not unanimous. The State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) meeting took place before the Town Board's work session and regular meeting. Joseph Keefe, an attorney who sits on the Planning Board, was vocal in his concern over the impact of a…

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The effort to redevelop the former Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo campus in the Elmwood Village will kick off next week, as the developers behind the $100 million Elmwood Crossing project initiate the first phase of formal public review. The Buffalo Planning Board on Monday will get its first look at a proposed six-story, mixed-use building at the northeast …

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Essex Homes has completed the second phase of development at its Knoche Farms Estates subdivision in Orchard Park. Located off Milestrip Road near Southwestern Boulevard, the single-family home community will have a total of 97 lots when completed, with a pond and woodlands. It features large home sites – some nearly 1 acre in size – with ranch, two-story and first-floo…

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The owners of Colter Bay Restaurant in Allentown are seeking to replace five sets of storefront windows along Delaware Avenue and Allen Street to make them functional and energy efficient. Derek and Jessica Eastwood, whose Rock Wobbly LLC operates the restaurant at 561 Delaware, obtained a $49,000 Buffalo Main Street Initiative grant from the Allentown Association as pa…

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The owner of a deteriorating building on Linwood Avenue in Buffalo wants to demolish the structure that has been deemed unsafe so he can erect a new three-story apartment building in its place with five to seven luxury units. Jesse Hawker of East Amherst is seeking permission from the Buffalo Preservation Board to take down the vacant multistory building at 295 Linwood,…

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The Amherst Town Board no longer will hold a public hearing and act on the request on the same night for land-use matters. The Town Board now will wait until the following meeting, at the earliest, before taking a vote on the subject of the public hearing. The Town Board made the procedural change at the urging of Supervisor Brian J. Kulpa. He said public hearings of…

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A group of young children dressed in hard hats and safety vests gathered with school administrators Tuesday to mark the "topping-off" of construction on Tapestry Charter School's new elementary school building in North Buffalo. The children and staff watched as the final beam – signed by all the kindergarten through fifth-grade students – was raised atop the three-story…

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For more than 100 years, since the days of horse-drawn carriages, Buffalo firefighters emerged from a historic firehouse on Jersey Street to fight blazes on the city's West Side. The bells have been silent for more than 20 years, ever since the station was closed as part of a fire department consolidation in 1997. But they may soon be ringing out something new: last cal…

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Amherst Supervisor Brian J. Kulpa has reached out to Verizon Wireless to see if the company will consider a different location – or a different technology – for the 92-foot cellphone tower it proposes building near Garnet Park. Kulpa said during and after Monday's Town Board meeting that he wants to know more about the company's wireless network in that area and whether…

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New tariffs on solar panels give Tesla Inc. an escape hatch if it can't deliver on its job creation and investment promises at its sprawling solar panel factory in South Buffalo. The escape hatch could allow Tesla to avoid paying up to $41.2 million a year in penalties to the state if the South Park Avenue factory fails to turn into the job-creator that both the company…