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The partners behind the planned redevelopment of the former Shea's Seneca Theatre into apartments and commercial space are counting on more than $450,000 in tax breaks to help with the $9 million project. Jake Schneider's Schneider Development, along with partners Andrew and Matthew Dorn, have asked the Erie County Industrial Development Agency for sales and mortgage re…

McGuire Development Co. and the owner of Pilgrim Village in Buffalo are hoping to get $2.1 million in sales tax breaks to support their $96 million redevelopment of the subsidized housing community into the mixed-income project to be known as Campus Square. Mark H. Trammell and McGuire applied to the Erie County Industrial Development Agency for incentives as part of t…

Spring officially sprung Monday morning in Buffalo – on the calendar. Outdoors, the weather told a different tale. Snowflakes and freezing drizzle fell from steel-gray clouds. Temperatures remained cold. And 5 inches of snow clung to the ground. That snowpack was all that remains of the more than 20 inches of snow that fell in Buffalo as winter’s final week …

A vacant storefront on William Street was damaged by a fire early Monday. Firefighters responded to 724 William just after 1:30 a.m. The 1 1/2-story building sustained an estimated $70,000 in damage, the Buffalo Fire Department Alarm Office said. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

The Red Cross is helping two adults and eight children after a fire Monday morning in a Bissell Avenue home, the Buffalo Fire Department Alarm Office said. The blaze at 76 Bissell, between Genesee Street and Walden Avenue, was reported at 5:15 a.m. The fire started on the first floor of the 2 1/2-story house. Damage to the house was estimated at $80,000. The cause of…

Downtown Buffalo was transformed into a true hooley Sunday afternoon. Thousands lined stately Delaware Avenue, showing their Irish finest in the city's 77th annual St. Patrick's Day Parade, one of the longest-running parades in the country. A vast oasis of all shades of green marked the occasion, from City Hall to Allentown. [Gallery: The 2017 St. Patrick's Day Para…

Buffalo attorney Steven Cohen, litigation chair at the law firm of HoganWillig, announced his candidacy for State Supreme Court on Sunday. Cohen has practiced law for three decades and said in his announcement that after suffering a serious illness, he came to the realization that as a lawyer he was helping people seek justice one case at a time, but as a judge he could…

President Trump’s proposed budget eliminates a key transit funding program and points a “dagger” at the possibility of extending Buffalo’s Metro Rail to Amherst, according to Sen. Charles E. Schumer. And Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority officials warn that a separate plan to extend Metro Rail at the other end of the line into the Delaware, Lackawanna an…

When Mustafa Abdo saw the lights of the fire trucks outside his apartment on Lafayette Avenue and then heard his neighbor banging on his door, screaming at him to get out, he scooped up his three young children and grabbed his car keys. That was all he and his family had left after the fire consumed the building early on the morning of March 11. "Everything is burnt,…

Spring is just two days away, but wintry weather will continue to prevail in the Buffalo area this weekend. A "very week band of mainly snow" was crossing all of Western New York, said David Thomas, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Buffalo. https://twitter.com/NWSBUFFALO/status/843066108051689472 "It's not going to produce much," he said. We ca…

Three years after taking over the sprawling former hospital property at Gates Circle with plans for an ambitious residential project, TM Montante Development is bringing in a Rochester apartment manager and developer to turn the concept into reality. Thomas Montante's firm is teaming up with Robert C. Morgan, whose Pittsford-based company owns more than 180 properties…

Lots of places, including Niagara Falls and Lackawanna, claim to put on the "World's Shortest Parade" for St. Patrick's Day. Lackawanna and Niagara Falls offered their versions of this annual minute march Friday. Other paltry processions happen across the United States and in Ireland. Some of these slight spectacles are measured in paces. Others by the number of c…

The City of Buffalo will pay $3.25 million to two Cheektowaga sisters who suffered spinal injuries when a Police Department tow truck ran a traffic light and triggered a crash downtown  four years ago. Brigette Brzezniak will get $2.25 million under a settlement that was authorized Thursday by a Common Council committee. She was 24 at the time of the accident and a passe…

A fire early Friday morning at a vacant home on Hirschbeck Street caused an estimated $70,000 in damage and damaged an adjacent home. Buffalo firefighters were called to a blaze at 38 Hirschbeck at about 4 a.m. Hirschbeck runs off Broadway, west of Bailey Avenue. The house was fully involved when firefighters arrived. Crews were still on the scene as of 6:30 a.m. …