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Twenty-five architects have signed a letter backing the Central Terminal as the site for a new Buffalo train station. At a time when other cities go to great lengths to create a sense of "authenticity," Buffalo has the real thing with the Central Terminal and ought to capitalize on it, the architects said in their letter to the Buffalo train station site selection commi…

Kenmore East High School will present its spring musical, "Once On This Island," at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, March 30-April 1, at the school, 350 Fries Road. The acclaimed Broadway musical was the winner of the 1995 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Musical and is based on the book "My Love, My Love," also known as "The Peasant Girl," by Rosa Guy. Inspi…

Mayor Byron W. Brown proclaimed Monday "Randi Weingarten Day" in Buffalo to honor the influential president of the American Federation of Teachers union. Brown called Weingarten "a trailblazer and true champion" during a ceremony at City Hall. Weingarten has served as head of the federation, which has 1.6 million members and is one of the nation's largest labor unions, …

Pawn shops have long been havens for thieves trying to fence stolen merchandise. And getting stolen items back to the rightful owners can be a daunting task, city officials say. That is why Common Council members want to require pawn shops to digitally photograph and catalog each item pawned and to hold the item for at least 60 days. The enhanced record-keeping will hel…

The Town of Clarence has joined other communities in adopting a solar code that restricts commercial and residential ground-mounted solar systems. The code was adopted after an eight-month moratorium. The law only applies to ground-mounted solar systems, said Jonathan Bleuer, assistant director of community development. He said there are no projects in the wings, but…

Rising property values and return of commercial properties to tax rolls will drop the property tax rate for  Williamsville by 4.8 percent, Mayor Brian J. Kulpa says. Trustees proposed a $3.67 million budget for the new fiscal year that would reduce the general fund tax rate to $4.19, a drop of 21 cents per $1,000 from last year. "We are glad to see our property valu…

A proposed land swap between Natale Development and Williamsville has support among neighbors, according to Mayor Brian J. Kulpa. Natale originally proposed building dozens of townhouses and apartments on the site of a former construction yard on California Drive but ran into opposition last year from some neighbors and never gained approval from planners. The deal…

How many millennials does it take to screw in a light bulb? None, if they live in one of Rane Property Management's apartment or townhouse complexes in the region. That's because the father-and-son development team of Anthony and Nicholas Cutaia has carved out a niche by marketing many of their rental properties to millennials and other young professionals who want a…

When Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz delivers his annual State of the County address on Wednesday at the Burchfield Penney Art Center, it will be a slightly different animal than the one he rolled out last year. His address in 2016 featured 10 ambitious initiatives that he previously joked would be enough to cover him for the next several years. That is provi…

Two former Buffalo Athletic Club locations in the suburbs that had been acquired and then closed by L.A. Fitness have now been sold to Benderson Development Co. Benderson, through Undev LLC, paid $1.45 million to buy the two club buildings at 4687 Transit Rd. in Clarence and 1185 Niagara Falls Blvd. in Amherst from Fitness International LLC. Both were formerly BAC locat…

As work continues to transform a former Niagara Street warehouse into the Crescendo Lofts, owner Angelo Natale is taking aim at his next redevelopment project – directly across the street. Natale Development, through 1485 Niagara LLC, paid $599,000 on Friday to acquire the former Aldrich & Ray Manufacturing Company building from Bowmart Niagara LLC, according to…

Construction of the proposed new Explore & More Children's Museum at Canalside will officially kick off Wednesday when museum and state officials break ground at the new site in downtown Buffalo. The groundbreaking will take place at 10 a.m. near the intersection of Marine Drive and Lloyd Street, where the planned new four-story building will be located. Expected to…

A late-night fire Saturday near Doat Street caused about $60,000 in damages to the building and contents of two-and-a-half-story home, but no one was injured, Buffalo fire officials said Sunday. The 11 p.m. fire in the frame house at 215 Keystone St. started on the first floor before extending to the attic. Fire crews attacked the blaze from the front and rear before ex…

Norman R. Hameister took his uncle's advice and enlisted in the Navy, rather than face the likelihood of the Army drafting him into World War II. His Uncle Charlie knew all about the Army and marching into harm's way. He had served in the  killing fields of World War I. "I had about two years of high school at Hutch-Tech and quit to join the Navy at 17. My uncle sig…