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The public is getting an in-depth look at development ideas for a prime piece of real estate that could continue the evolution of Buffalo's waterfront.In less than three weeks, the city will choose one of two developers to remake the Webster Block, a nearly two-acre parcel just steps from the Inner Harbor, and Mayor Byron W. Brown on Friday said the city is actively seekin…

The battalion of earth-moving equipment and cacophony of construction sounds at the former Memorial Auditorium is a dream come true for 4-year-old boys.On a recent day, amid loud whirring and jack-hammer-like noises, an excavator scooped claws full of dirt and a boom crane helped drive steel piles deep into the ground as trucks mixed cement and carted away debris.The const…

Six scenarios for developing the 1,035 acres of Buffalo Harbor were explored Tuesday at a public forum in Herman Badillo School 76.It was the first of three community forums scheduled this week for redeveloping Brownfield Opportunity Areas along the waterfronts of the outer harbor, inner harbor, the Buffalo River and Scajaquada Creek.Brendan Mehaffy, executive director of …

A New York City-based company that specializes in designing and managing public spaces was chosen Wednesday to be the public space consultant for Canalside.Biederman Redevelopment Ventures has created or revitalized urban parks and plazas, business improvement districts and streetscape programs, and turned public space into profit centers for mixed-use developments."I am p…

A year from now, the gaping pit where the old Memorial Auditorium once stood will have been transformed into a system of shimmering canals and pedestrian-friendly bridges that developers hope will turn Buffalo's waterfront into a world-class, year-round destination.The $23 million project has been under way for a couple of weeks, but was celebrated Saturday afternoon at a …

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…