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Developers shouldn't get tax breaks to build downtown lofts that only affluent people can afford, Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz said. So Poloncarz intends to back a new policy that would require developers seeking local tax breaks for downtown residential projects to include some cheaper apartments in their projects. "If downtown is only available to people…

A four-year-old lawsuit centered on an East Amherst golf course path will head to trial in January in State Supreme Court unless the parties reach a settlement before then. Justice John L. Michalski set aside two weeks at the end of January for the trial to resolve the lawsuit filed by the Ransom Oaks homeowners association in 2013 against the nearby Glen Oak Golf Cours…

West Seneca has sweetened the tax exemptions it offers small businesses making improvements to their buildings. The exemption applies to town taxes only, and only where the construction, alteration, installation or improvement exceeds $50,000, according to Town Attorney John Fenz. The Town Board approved changes Monday in the amount of the exemption allowed each year ov…

A transplant surgeon-turned-developer is seeking the final approvals he needs to move forward with an 18-unit, upscale apartment complex in East Amherst. Dr. Fadi Dagher plans to put up a two-story, multifamily building at 9150 Transit Road, just north of the Transit Valley Country Club and next to Grover's Bar & Grill. All but two would be two-bedroom units, rangin…

Public health officials will be conducting soil sample studies to attempt to determine the reach of contamination in the Town of Tonawanda by Tonawanda Coke's manufacturing operation. A public information meeting about the pollution study is scheduled at 6:30 p.m. March 30 at the joint Town/Kenmore Village Hall, 2919 Delaware Ave., Kenmore. The meeting will include …

Mayor Byron W. Brown is not taking a public position on which location he would prefer to see a new Amtrak station built in Buffalo. But comments that Brown, chairman of the train station site committee, made to The Buffalo News Editorial Board on Tuesday suggested steep challenges for the Central Terminal as the location. [Gallery: Inside Buffalo's Central Terminal…

Sears has shuttered its stores in the Walden Galleria in Cheektowaga and the Boulevard Mall in Amherst. The company had announced in December that the closings of the stores and their related auto centers would take place by mid-April, and the stores have conducted liquidation sales since January. The closings leave large holes in the two shopping centers that the ma…

The Buffalo City Mission won approval Monday from the Buffalo Planning Board for its $15.1 million proposal to construct a new four-story complex in downtown Buffalo to house its growing operations. The nonprofit, together with McGuire Development Group, plans to erect a new 74,138-square-foot facility on its current parking lot at 90 E. Tupper St. and then demolish i…

The remaining commercial building of the former Shea's Seneca Theatre will get a new lease on life. The Buffalo Planning Board Monday night approved developer Jake Schneider's $9 million adaptive-reuse proposal to renovate the two-story building at 2178 Seneca St. into a mixed-use facility. Plans call for 21 apartments, a new 136-seat black-box theatre for Second Gen…

Two weeks after signalling their readiness to approve a major project on Jefferson Avenue, the Buffalo Planning Board formalized its support Monday for People Inc. and two development partners to construct a pair of new apartment buildings just north of the Johnnie B. Wiley Amateur Athletic Sports Pavilion. The social services nonprofit is working with Nick Sinatra and…

The Buffalo Planning Board on Monday approved a proposal by the owners of the Tri-Main Center on Main Street in Buffalo to finish their $4.5 million redevelopment of the nearby former Phoenix Frontier building into a mixed-use project. Plans by Tri-Main Development LLC call for renovating the three-story building at 45 Jewett Parkway, at the corner of Halbert Street, wi…

The Town of Tonawanda temporarily put the brakes on the erection of all new cell phone towers, including monopoles or micro cell towers, by declaring a moratorium Monday night. The moratorium was put in place until the Town Board meets with a consultant and updates the town code. These smaller towers, which can be as small as a lamp post or a flag pole, can be locate…

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…