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SUNY Erie Community College wants to construct a mixed-use building at its North Campus to forge deeper ties between the college, the business community and the Town of Amherst. The college would build a structure on, or near, the campus to host ECC's first student housing, a business incubator and space for a grocery store or other retail options. "The innovation hu…

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The developer seeking to open a Starbucks with a drive-thru in Amherst just outside Williamsville has paid $1.6 million to purchase the building, public records show. An out-of-town investment group that includes Matthew J. Lester of Rochester bought the property, Lester said. The group bought 5165 Main St., at South Forest Road, last week from Sarjudas Main Street LLC.…

Buffalo

The seventh annual Buffalo Living Tour this weekend will showcase nine residential properties in Buffalo that have been redeveloped from older uses into new apartments. The free tour of "high-end and unique living spaces" will offer participants an opportunity for a peek inside each of the nine properties, including not only the apartments but also the amenities. The fu…

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An Irish building materials company that bought billions of dollars worth of assets from LaFargeHolcim S.A. three years ago is now seeking to demolish five of deteriorating buildings along the Outer Harbor in Buffalo. CRH Plc is asking permission from the Buffalo Preservation Board to take down the derelict facilities at 1751 and 1755 Furhmann Blvd., which make up the f…

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The Hotel Niagara will open about a year later than previously announced, but will have more rooms and facilities than originally planned, said the Syracuse developer chosen by the state to revive the long-closed hotel. The target date for reopening of the 94-year-old downtown Niagara Falls landmark is March 17, 2020, said Edward M. Riley, CEO of Brine Wells Development…

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McGuire Development Co. is still planning to construct a second office building at its Compass East project in downtown Buffalo, but it's taken longer than expected to line up tenants to fill the space, officials said. The developer received city approval a year ago to erect a new 48,000-square-foot facility at 425 Michigan Ave., across a sprawling parking lot from the …

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The Southtowns' newest low-income housing community opened this week in Lackawanna, offering 32 new affordable apartments, including some aimed at those with intellectual or physical disabilities. Community Services for Every1 – formerly Community Services for the Developmentally Disabled – formally unveiled the completed Ridgeway Commons, introducing a new option for s…

Buffalo

Dressed in a white baker's uniform, with a thick French accent, Camille Le Caer fit the role perfectly this week as he sought and received support from the Buffalo Planning Board for his new North Buffalo pastry shop. Le Caer is seeking to open his French bakery, Boulanger Patisserie, in the former Globe Market space at 1416 Hertel Ave., with an existing outdoor cafe. T…

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Personal capital. Private money. Networking. Partnering with larger companies. Experience. All are prerequisites for minority contractors trying to take on major projects. And one more thing: It takes an abundance of patience, because it can take several years for a minority firm to become a player in Buffalo’s construction and development business. It’s not an ea…

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A new dollar store is finally coming to Genesee Street after more than two years of work and multiple efforts to revise the plans to overcome objections. The Buffalo Planning Board approved construction of a 9,100-square-foot Family Dollar store at 1756 Genesee St. in the Bailey Greens neighborhood. That's despite even more suggestions from an architect who was asked by…

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Demolition began Monday on a 33-year-old office park on Genesee Street in Cheektowaga near the Buffalo-Niagara Airport. The 25,000 square-foot office and retail plaza owned by Uniland is at 4700 Genesee at Holtz Drive. "It is actually forms the entrance to Airborne Business Park," said Daniel J. Ulatowski, Cheektowaga Town Planner. "The site was originally under conside…

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Six longtime friends – four doctors and two businessmen – thought they had a great idea for a side venture. Little did they know just how difficult it would be. The group of craft beer fans had a burning desire to create their own microbrewery and neighborhood restaurant, in a unique space in Buffalo. So they bought a vacant old firehouse on Jersey Street, near Kleinhan…

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The Buffalo Planning Board Monday extinguished a controversial proposal by six friends to convert an historic former Jersey Street firehouse near Kleinhans Music Hall into a microbrewery and restaurant. The group, Project X Holdings, wanted to renovate the vacant firehouse at 310 Jersey into a mixed-use concept with a 74-seat restaurant and brewery on the ground floor a…

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With $4.5 million in state funding in place, work is now poised to begin by September on a planned new low-income senior housing community with 84 apartments on Buffalo's East Side. The $27.3 million Westminster Commons project calls for construction of a new four-story building at Adams and Monroe streets, with 76 one-bedroom and eight two-bedroom apartments. Thirty-fo…

Construction and Growth

An Amherst developer that has struggled to secure part of an old Curtiss-Wright airplane manufacturing complex on Elmwood Avenue is planning to demolish the deteriorating warehouse, in a bid to capitalize on the growing opportunities for shovel-ready land in a prime area of North Buffalo. Benchmark Group's Benchmark Management Corp. received permission from the Buffalo …

Al-Rasheed Academy, an Islamic school in Lackawanna, is accepting applications from ninth-grade students for its new high school set to open in September, according to the school principal. "Parents have been pushing for a high school in the area because the current Al-Rasheed Academy serves only kindergarten through 8th grade," said Anwar Al-Kalai, principal. "It makes…