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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

An 11,000-year-old mastodon can't walk into the offices of a radiology group and ask for a CT scan to see what's ailing it. But a retired curator from the Buffalo Museum of Science studying a set of mastodon bones thought running them through a CT scanner would help him understand what caused some of their unusual features. The diagnostic equipment at Great Lakes Me…

An aerial drone crashed through a window on the 23rd floor of Buffalo City Hall. No one was in the office when the craft landed in an office late Wednesday afternoon after workers had gone home for the day, police said. Its operator didn't even know what happened to the drone and later called police asking if anyone had found it. "I'm actually surprised it broke t…

Leaders at the City Mission in 2014 unveiled a dream expansion that would have tripled the size of its East Tupper Street headquarters and created room for 184 emergency shelter beds. But after three years of fits and starts, the project didn't get off the ground. Now, the City Mission is pursuing a scaled-back, $15.1 million plan to construct a four-story complex an…