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The Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus has made slow but steady progress over the years toward the goal of becoming a downtown hub of medical care, research and education. But 2013 promises to make slow and steady a thing of the past.A slew of projects are expected to get under way this year that will focus public attention and mark a significant turning point in developing th…

A building boom has started in downtown Buffalo, ushering in a torrent of projects that will transform parts of the city and lay the foundation for the new century.At least 11 projects totaling more than $1 billion are in the works or have just been completed, most of it at the two ends of downtown Buffalo – the waterfront and the Medical Campus.Hard hats already dot the…

Developer Rocco R. Termini's plan to return a highly visible North Buffalo building to its former glory won approval Tuesday from the Planning Board.The former home of General Railway Signal Co. on Elmwood Avenue is known to many in Buffalo as the now-closed FWS furniture store. Termini has seen past the light gray paint and the windows that have been filled in with concre…

The Erie County Industrial Development Agency on Monday approved $4.9 million in incentives for Catholic Health System’s planned $46 million headquarters in Buffalo after a lengthy debate about when incentives are truly necessary for projects.The board approved the incentives by a vote of 12-1, with one abstention. County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz cast the lone “no…

The transformation of Main Street along the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus is about to get started.Fencing went up Monday, and construction is expected to begin soon on a major medical office building on the block bounded by Main, High, Ellicott and Goodrich streets.The major tenants will include doctors associated with the University at Buffalo medical group known as UBMD…

The Buffalo Planning Board today will consider a Buffalo developer’s proposed $35 million historic renovation of the massive former F.N. Burt Co. headquarters building on Seneca Street into office, retail and community service space.Savarino Companies is seeking approval of its mixed-use adaptive reuse of the six-story, 330,000-square-foot abandoned factory — most rece…

Erie Canal Harbor has drawn raves and growing crowds over the past two summers and is expected to attract even more people and events in 2013.But around the edges, some signs of wear and tear are beginning to show at the 4½-year-old site:• Chipped, cracked and stained blocks of Medina sandstone.• A boardwalk that’s warping.• Rusting ironwork on the bowstring bridg…

The former Sheehan Memorial Hospital got a new lease on life Thursday, and that new life will include remaining a medical-related facility.McGuire Development Co. purchased the site at a U.S. Bankrupcty Court auction for $2 million. It was the only bidder for the former hospital at 425 Michigan Ave. McGuire Development executives said they hope to keep the property as a me…

This should please Tom Brady's father: Some prominent area developers plan to build six hotels in downtown Buffalo over the next several years.The burst of activity includes both the recently opened Hotel @ The Lafayette and the Lofts on Pearl and four other projects in development at the Tishman Building, the Curtiss Building, the Donovan State Office Building and the Web…

Buffalo-area businessman Sal H. Alfiero donated $5 million Thursday for a new children’s hospital downtown, saying the institution is an important and enduring piece of the region’s health care landscape.The gift is the largest personal donation in a $40 million fundraising campaign for the proposed $200 million facility, which will go up at Ellicott and High streets, …

Plans for a new headquarters for Catholic Health System won an approval in City Hall on Thursday, as did an agreement that will help with the disbursement of federal anti-poverty funds. The Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency agreed to a change of use for vacant land at the foot of the Kensington Expressway, where Catholic Health is planning to build a $46 million, six-story, 140…

A developer plans to revitalize two downtown buildings, each more than a century old, with a mix of apartments and first-floor space dedicated to bicycling.The project, called the Apartments at the HUB, will rejuvenate 145 and 149 Swan St., between Michigan Avenue and Elm Street, said Jake Schneider, president of Schneider Development. The estimated cost is $13.5 million.S…

A $1.5 million gift to Roswell Park Cancer Institute from New Era Cap Co. will allow construction to start next year on a major addition to the cancer center.The gift announced Thursday brought to $40 million the amount raised for the 11-story Clinical Sciences Center planned for the northwest corner of Michigan Avenue and Carlton Street, abutting the cancer center’s mai…

Young patients with cancer and blood diseases will receive care under one roof at a new children’s hospital in a plan announced Thursday to unify services now provided separately by Kaleida Health and Roswell Park Cancer Institute.Officials from the two institutions signed a memorandum of understanding that dedicates a floor of a new children’s hospital to Roswell Park…

Three fledgling life sciences companies are moving into a new University at Buffalo business incubator on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.The companies are taking space in UB’s Clinical and Translational Research Center, which opened this summer with the goal of speeding up the process of turning research into marketable drugs.The three companies now moving into UB’…