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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…

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Another sprawling and polluted former industrial site in Buffalo may be destined for a new business park. Industrial development specialist Krog Corp. is acquiring nearly half of the former ExxonMobil Corp. refinery property on Elk Street along the Buffalo River as part of a plan to clean up the entire property and put it back to use. The Orchard Park-based company s…

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Uniland Development Co. is seeking city permission to tear down a damaged 64-year-old warehouse on Hertel Avenue, just two months after demolishing a fire-ravaged structure around the corner on Elmwood Avenue. The Amherst-based developer is applying to the Buffalo Preservation Board for approval to "partially demolish or possibly entirely demolish" the 50,152-square-foo…

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For decades, a grassy 2.4-acre parcel of city land sat vacant on the waterfront amid the condos and townhouses that overlook Erie Basin Marina. The plot, one of the last remaining greenspace parcels within Waterfront Village, is now at the center of friction between Ciminelli Real Estate Corp. and residents of several of the community's 11 different developments. The…

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Delta Sonic has closed on its $4.88 million purchase of the former Menne Nursery property in Amherst, and Menne has found a new home in Wheatfield. Delta Sonic plans to build a car wash, gas station, oil change building, convenience store and drive-thru restaurant at 3100 Niagara Falls Blvd., just north of East Robinson Road. Delta Sonic this week bought three parcels t…

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A relocated Domino's Pizza plans to move into a new retail building with a drive-thru on Transit Road across from Transit Valley Country Club. Crews broke ground a month ago on the 8,500-square-foot, single-story building at 6031 Transit Road, the site of the former Buggy Wash car wash, said Bevilacqua Development CEO Jonathan Bevilacqua. The building shell should be fi…

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More than 20 years ago – before iPhones and Netflix streaming and coffee K-Cups – Cimato Enterprises revealed plans for a subdivision of around 80 single-family homes off Greiner Road in Clarence. For more than two decades, however, concerns about zoning, sewers and wetlands at the 52-acre site stalled the project. Until now. The Clarence Planning Board is set to rev…

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Coming soon to a former urban hospital site near you: Elmwood Crossing. That's the name for the proposed redevelopment of the former Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo into a residential and retail community straddling the Elmwood Village and Allentown. Overall, the project, expected to cost up to $110 million, will include: About 200 apartments, 40 to 5…