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An East Side church is seeking Common Council approval for construction of a two-story addition to its existing structure. The two-phase project, estimated to cost $2.2 million, will allow the First Calvary Missionary Baptist Church at 467 William St. to provide religious services, community outreach, a soup kitchen, a computer lab and youth mentoring services, accordin…

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The Buffalo Common Council will review a proposed new restaurant in Allentown, after the city Planning Board Monday night gave its backing to the establishment called A Street Meatball Market. Dennis Glenn and Robert Burns, of A Street Industries in Tonawanda, want to open the 14-person sit-down restaurant and tavern, offering beer and wine sales, at 23 Allen St., conve…

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A proposed conversion of a historic West Side firehouse into a new brewery and restaurant will have to wait for at least two more weeks, after Buffalo Planning Board members balked Monday at making a recommendation to the Common Council before a final community meeting this week. A group of six young investors known as Project X Holdings wants to renovate the old Jersey…

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Former judge Anthony P. LoRusso is taking a second stab at affordable housing on Buffalo's West Side – with a new proposal for a 39-unit apartment building around the corner from his first project. LoRusso's APL Property Group seeks city approval to construct a four-story building at 129 West Ave., with one-bedroom apartments priced at what LoRusso termed an "affordable…

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Michael Damico has dreamed for years of having a place in the city of Buffalo where adults could go for recreation, and to play some team sports. Now, the sports promoter and league organizer is about to make that happen. After nearly 20 years of coordinating football, soccer, softball and kickball games at various fields scattered through the city, Damico is leading…

This is where the rubber meets the road. The Buffalo Planning Board on Monday recommended approval by the Common Council for a special-use permit to allow Mohammed Darwich to store tires in a container outside an auto repair garage at 751 Walden Ave. That's one of three locations of Danny's Auto Repair & Used Tires, which offers repairs for both domestic and impo…

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A downstate developer is planning to move ahead with his proposal to convert a warehouse storage building off Genesee Street into a new low-income apartment facility and neighborhood health clinic after winning approval Monday evening from the Buffalo Planning Board. Larry Regan's Regan Development Corp. of Ardsley, N.Y., wants to convert the 100,000-square-foot former Mo…

The Buffalo Planning Board on Tuesday evening approved a request by a charitable foundation working on behalf of Jericho Road Community Health Center to combine two properties on Lombard and Clark streets as part of its renovation of a former department store into a medical clinic and nonprofit office space. Mosaic 659 Foundation, founded by Jericho board member Mark He…

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The building that formerly housed Fortunato's Restaurant is about to be reborn – as Riverside Place. Tina DeJesus is seeking Buffalo Common Council approval to re-establish a restaurant at 1083 Tonawanda St., directly across from Riverside Park. The 5,946-square-foot, two-story building has a fully equipped restaurant and bar that seats 90 on the ground floor and a s…

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The Buffalo Planning Board on Tuesday backed a request by an East Side church to convert part of its facility into a day care center for infants through toddlers. The Lincoln Memorial United Methodist Church needs an adaptive-reuse permit from the Common Council to renovate the pastor's office, parlor and two Sunday school classrooms into three rooms for children and an…

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The Buffalo Planning Board Tuesday evening agreed to take the lead in state-mandated environmental reviews for a proposed Ciminelli Real Estate Corp. condominium and townhouse project at 240-260 Lakefront Blvd. and for Ellicott Development Co.'s proposed redevelopment of the facility at 55-59 Chicago St., known as the Cooperage. Ciminelli plans to construct seven townho…

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The Buffalo Planning Board on Tuesday approved a request by Utah developer to extend by six months the board's July 2017 approval for a proposed $30 million student housing project. David Freeman's DF Fusion Investments of Provo, Utah, plans to convert the former Keystone Corp. manufacturing complex at 2929-2939 Main St. into more than 300 units of graduate-student housin…

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The developer behind the conversion of the former Schoellkopf Connector and Power House buildings into a new mixed-use complex now has a new goal: introduce soccer fields to the mix. Businessman Jon Williams is working to redevelop the 21.7-acre industrial site at the corner of Elk and Lee streets, near the Buffalo River, into a blend of office, residential and industri…

A new retail food store and deli operation may be coming to the West Side. Jose A. Muniz is seeking city approval to open the Nickel City Mini Mart at 568 Niagara St., including takeout food, as well as alcohol and tobacco sales. According to his application to the Common Council for a special-use permit, he pledges "no grease-laden vapors to be produced." "The neigh…

Ellicott Development Co. wants to put up a new vertical digital sign on its Baker Shoes Building in downtown Buffalo, in preparation for bringing in new commercial tenants. The developer plans to put up the "electronic message board" - which is two feet wide by six feet tall - on the marquee of the building at 456 Main St., making it visible enough so that the Metro Rai…