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This time, they got it right. Members of the Erie County Industrial Development Agency regathered this week and approved the critical project that they put on hold last month. With the 13-1 vote, $4.2 million in tax breaks were approved for the construction of Conventus, the Kaleida Health medical health center that will form a nexus for other entities on the Buffalo Niaga…

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A well-known onetime giant freezer building near the First Niagara Center and Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino will become apartments, offices and a restaurant with a banquet room, under a proposal by Ellicott Development Co. that will come before city planners next month.Ellicott wants to convert the eight-story Coffee Rich building at 199 Scott St. into a project that could b…

First Niagara Financial Group Inc. is expected to announce today that for $1, it has given the University at Buffalo a parcel of land on Main Street for construction of a new medical school.The 0.85-acre parcel at 973 Main, where a First Niagara retail bank branch is currently located, is the last of three properties UB is acquiring downtown for the project. Officials appr…

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The $100 million medical office building proposed for the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus is getting its tax breaks after all.The Erie County Industrial Development Agency on Monday approved $4.2 million in tax breaks for the project, a month after the agency’s board delayed a vote to provide incentives for what critics called a “glorified medical office” that didn’t requir…

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The former Sheehan Hospital building on Michigan Avenue has a new owner, an updated mission and a new name.Now called Compass East, the eight-acre site will focus on job training, heritage tourism, health care and medical research.The new name and expanded mission were unveiled at an open house Friday afternoon inside the 270,000-square-foot building, which was purchased i…

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The City of Buffalo on Friday officially transferred ownership of the Webster Block to the Buffalo Sabres, which will put $2.2 million in the city’s general fund. Cliff Benson, Sabres’ chief development officer, assured Mayor Byron W. Brown that the check would clear, saying, “We have good financial backing.” Brown and Benson attended a signing ceremony in the lobby of Fir…

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Recruiting top doctors and medical researchers to Buffalo is not unlike the Bills or Sabres going after blue-chip free agents.Buffalo may not be high on their list of destinations – or on their list at all – when bigger, warmer or more lucrative markets are out there.Buffalo? thought Dr. Andrew Talal.Dr. Gil Wolfe was hesitant, too.And Dr. John Tomaszewski was sure Buffalo…

Food trucks at Canalside?That’s what the Common Council will consider as part of a larger discussion about mobile vending in the city, North Council Member Joseph Golombek says.Legislation providing for food truck permits expires April 1, and changes to district boundaries that affect truck operation and permit fees and conditions will be dealt with comprehensively, Golo…

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Prime waterfront land that sits east of Templeton Landing near the entrance of the Erie Basin Marina has been vacant for decades, while City Hall has entertained various proposals and conducted intense bidding wars for the chance to develop it. Now, within a week of Mayor Byron W. Brown's announcement that Carl P. Paladino's development company has a plan to construct a 14…

Carl Paladino's plan for a hotel, apartments and office space on the waterfront that was passed over six months ago has been brought back to life by Mayor Byron W. Brown. Paladino and his business partners will construct a 14-story complex hosting a hotel, apartments, office space, spa, pool, banquet facilities and two restaurants on a prime piece of land owned by the Buff…

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For a 30-year-old waterfront parking lot, things are moving fast. One year after Mayor Byron W. Brown made development of the city-owned Webster Block the centerpiece of his State of the City address, the Buffalo Sabres have secured every approval they need and are poised to spend $172.2 million to create a magnet for hockey lovers, complete with indoor ice rinks, a hotel …

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Plans for Ciminelli Real Estate Corp.'s $100 million medical office, research and clinical facility on the edge of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus hit a snag Tuesday, after Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz and three other directors blocked the Erie County Industrial Development Agency from approving $4.24 million in tax breaks.Calling the proposed project just “a gl…

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ALBANY – To see what state officials want for Buffalo, head 280 miles east, to the sprawling NanoTech Complex on the University at Albany campus.In six buildings spread over 50 acres, 3,100 people go to work doing cutting-edge research for computer-chip production. Since 1993, New York State has put $1 billion into the complex, a down payment that spurred companies such as…

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The Buffalo Sabres are planning to invest significantly more money to develop a hockey destination on the waterfront and revealed plans Tuesday for a “center of excellence” to train players and maintain local talent.The center is intended to draw skaters and coaches from Buffalo and nearby cities rich in hockey players, Sabres officials said during an unveiling of the late…

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The Buffalo Sabres’ $123 million plan for two hockey rinks, a hotel, restaurant and parking deck on the waterfront is now in the hands of the Common Council, which is expected to vote in two weeks to approve the project, making way for a March groundbreaking. As part of an agreement sent to the Council on Tuesday, the Sabres’ development company has agreed to pay the city…