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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…

Amherst is in the midst of a hotel boom after nearly a decade of relative dormancy in the hospitality market – and not everybody is happy about it.Three hotels are currently under construction or working toward site-plan approval. And Supervisor Barry Weinstein is asking the Town Board today to seek proposals for another new hotel or two at the site of the Northtown Cent…

Lt. Gov. Robert J. Duffy was in Buffalo Wednesday to help launch Roswell Park Cancer Institute’s new Center for Personalized Medicine. Researchers in the center are trying to decipher patients’ genes, with the idea that better tests and treatments can be targeted to their genetic abnormalities.“I’m confident that it will result in a better, more effective and more …

An outdoor public space that will feature fountains, seating and a tree grove just south of the former Donovan State Office Building is headed for construction this spring. Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp. representatives will appear before the Planning Board today to present plans for the $5 million East Canal park project at 125 Main St., part of the Canalside devel…

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…

The battle between a developer and high-end homeowners over a proposed six-story Hyatt Place hotel raged on Tuesday, this time before the town Zoning Board of Appeals.About 200 residents, wearing red, packed Amherst Council Chambers, as people came forward to again criticize the proposed height and the appropriateness of a major hotel located close to a residential neighbo…

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 Amherst Industrial Development Agency on Friday approved nearly $2 million in tax breaks for Iskalo Development Co.'s renovation of the Lord Amherst Hotel and Sonoma Grille restaurant, despite vocal opposition from Snyder residents who object to plans for a larger Hyatt Place on the same property.A crowd of nearly two dozen people attended the morning meeting, with six…

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…

A group of Amherst residents opposed to the potential construction of a six-story hotel near the site of the present two-story Lord Amherst Motel on Main Street in Snyder began a petition drive Thursday aimed at derailing the project before it is officially proposed.“We don’t know what may be proposed,” Town Planning Director Eric W. Gillert and his assistant, Gary B…

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…