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Fine china and crystal stemware.Bookcases -- some inlaid, others made of oak.Classic Kittinger furniture, pews and even a Steinway piano.These were some of the items available for purchase on Friday, the first day of a weekend estate sale at Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church.The 60,000-square-foot Romanesque building has anchored the northeast corner of the Lafaye…

For years Explore & More Children's Museum has been hoping to have a large downtown space that would allow it to attract families from throughout the region.Wednesday, that dream took a big step toward becoming a reality as the East Aurora-based museum was selected to operate a museum on the site of the former Memorial Auditorium.Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp. picked …

The Canalside project to build replica canals in Buffalo will go forward after Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver on Wednesday gave the final, needed consent for the construction effort to get under way this summer at the former Memorial Auditorium site.The Democratic leader approved spending $21 million on a contract awarded to DiPizio Construction Co. to build the historica…

A new hotel with a marquee name is coming to downtown Buffalo's Canalside area.A 96-room Courtyard by Marriott hotel will occupy space in the former Donovan State Office Building alongside Buffalo's second-largest law firm and a block away from Buffalo Sabres games.It will be the first hotel in Buffalo for Marriott International, the world's largest hotel company, and the …

Declaring Canalside to be at a "tipping point," waterfront officials approved a contract Monday to construct historically aligned canals, keeping the project on schedule for completion late this year.Looking beyond that, Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp. members approved a cultural master plan packed with ideas and recommendations for bringing year-round, family-friendly…

Preservationists have nominated the "Erie Freight House" for city landmark status as part of a new effort to save the condemned building along the Buffalo River, where ships once unloaded goods bound for railroad cars and canal boats."You could call it an ugly duckling," said Henry McCartney, executive director of the nonprofit Preservation Buffalo Niagara. "I'm …

Five minutes before the doors of the new Rendezvous nightclub opened to the public Wednesday night at the refurbished Statler City, owner Mark D. Croce put his staff through their paces and made sure the lighting had just the right ambient quality."We're trying to attract an upscale, fun-loving, energetic, well-dressed, sophisticated crowd that's going to bring the…

Over the summer, Buffalo's chief economic development and housing agency approved a $2.18 million grant to a local group whose representatives include a felon who served prison time for identity theft, money laundering and lying to federal officials. Then, after reporters from The Buffalo News started raising questions about the man's criminal background, city officials…

Work to bring re-creations of the historic Erie Canal to the former Memorial Auditorium site is expected to start in January, representatives of the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp. told the city Planning Board on Tuesday.The proposal would create 18-inch-deep reflecting pools where canals used to exist on the site. The pools would be drained and used for ice skating in…

Ashley Leaderstorf and Edward Kellerman will always remember their wedding day.And so will Mark Croce.The young bride and groom held their wedding reception Saturday evening in Croce's historic Statler Towers on Niagara Square.It marked the return of a long and storied tradition of weddings at the iconic downtown building. The Buffalo businessman, who took title to…

Mayor Byron W. Brown said Tuesday that he supports spending $5.3 million in public funds to help refurbish the historic Statler Towers.Brown previously had said the city wanted to review a comprehensive plan for the entire building and evidence of businessman Mark D. Croce's personal investment in the Statler City project before committing any public money.After …

Canal Side looked ready to capsize a year ago.The 21-acre, mixed-use waterfront development was in serious trouble after Bass Pro Shops pulled the plug on a nine-year courtship last July 30.Now, things appear to be moving full steam ahead.Tuesday, Benderson Development Co. was given the green light to redevelop the former Donovan State Office Building, with the Phi…

The new owner of the Statler Towers says he's committed to transforming the mothballed complex into the "grande dame of downtown," and there's now curbside evidence that the project is moving forward.Crews hauled away ugly concrete barriers Wednesday that had forced pedestrians off the sidewalks on the Delaware Avenue side of the Statler.For more than a year and …