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Western New York Maritime Charter School, fresh off moving its middle school to a new location in South Buffalo, is now planning a major expansion of that building to accommodate its high school and a new gymnasium. The nautically themed school worked with Ellicott Development Co. to purchase the former School No. 70, a two-story brick building at 102 Buffum St., just e…

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If Visit Buffalo Niagara should need a new marketing slogan, or even just an alternative for use locally, Jon Williams might have an idea. Minutes after Williams' South Buffalo Development LLC received Buffalo Planning Board approval on May 7 for a $3 million sports complex on Elk Street, the developer was talking up the exciting opportunities in the industrial area nea…

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A proposed athletic complex on Elk Street overcame vocal opposition from a corporate neighbor, winning its last formal city approval despite intense lobbying against it by a chemical company fearful of "soccer moms" and others complaining about odors. The Buffalo Planning Board gave its assent to the $3 million project by Jon Williams' South Buffalo Development to creat…

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A new gas station and convenience store could be coming to the corner of Main and Fairfield streets in Buffalo in the LeRoy area, on the site of a demolished gas station. A&F Property Holdings of West Seneca is seeking city approval to construct a one-story brick or concrete masonry facility on a 0.481-acre site at 2516 Main. The property owner, who does not yet hav…

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Developer Douglas Jemal got the green light from the Buffalo Planning Board Monday to proceed with his modified plan for remaking the plaza level of One Seneca Tower. Board members approved a set of changes to Jemal's previously approved site plan that calls for a mixed-use blend of apartments, restaurants and retail space in the two five-story Annex buildings alongside…

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A plan by Nick Sinatra and William Paladino to redevelop the former Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo site in the Elmwood Village took the first step in a monthslong municipal review Monday, as the Buffalo Planning Board agreed to take the lead in the full environmental review of the $100 million project. Developers are planning a multiyear conversion of the si…

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The team behind the planned Elmwood Crossing redevelopment of the former Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo property in the Elmwood Village is ready to launch the city's next evaluation of the $100 million project. Sinatra & Company Real Estate and Ellicott Development Co. have submitted requests to the city to divide the 10.5-acre property into smaller piec…

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Douglas Jemal is again revising his reuse plan for the plaza level of One Seneca Tower, this time by removing proposed retail kiosks, expanding a new single-story structure on the east side of the tower, and replacing 33 apartments in an annex building with a food court and kitchen. The revision by Jemal's Douglas Development Corp. marks the second change in eight month…

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Bad chemistry between a proposed outdoor soccer field for college students and an industrial neighbor put the goal of a proposed Elk Street athletic facility at risk, as objections by a longtime sulfuric acid manufacturing facility delayed approval of the $1.6 million sports project. PVS Chemical Solutions, a Detroit-based company that has operated a plant on Lee Street…

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Plans for a new 39-unit microapartment building on the West Side got the regulatory go-ahead Monday, after a radical redesign by the architect aimed at soothing the concerns of a couple whose house will be surrounded by the new project. The Buffalo Planning Board approved the proposal by Anthony LoRusso's APL Property Group to construct a four-story building at 129 West…

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The Buffalo Common Council will consider a pair of zoning changes to allow a new Family Dollar store in the Fillmore District and a commercial development on a narrow sliver of former railroad land in Larkinville. The Buffalo Planning Board on Monday recommended approval by the Council of a zoning map amendment for a group of properties in the Genesee-Moselle neighborho…

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A proposal to double the size of a one-story retail building on Buffalo's East Side was nearly torpedoed Monday, after the property owner came under heavy fire for starting the work without first getting a permit and destabilizing his neighbors in the process. Ahmed F. Mohamed, owner of the Signature Apparel & Footwear building, wants to nearly double the size of hi…

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The owner of the Signature Apparel & Footwear building is seeking to win final approval as soon as Monday to nearly double the size of the one-story retail building at the angled intersection of Walden and Bailey avenues. Ahmed F. Mohamed wants to construct a 5,720-square-foot addition to the building at 592 Walden, allowing for four more storefronts. The project, w…

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Another day, another dollar store. David Pawlik's Creative Structures Services is seeking to construct a new Family Dollar store on vacant land in the Fillmore District's Genesee-Moselle neighborhood. The plan by C&S Engineers calls for building a 9,100-square-foot store on the 0.97-acre lot, which includes eight separate parcels – 1750 and 1756 Genesee St., 10 a…

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Steak a la Pierce Arrow, anyone? The Buffalo Planning Board has approved a new proposal for the redevelopment of the Pierce-Arrow Administration Building in North Buffalo, complete with a new local owner and a planned 100-seat restaurant. Dr. Greg Daniel's Nidus Development, together with the building's former owner, Joseph Hecht, want to convert the 123,099-square-f…