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A longtime West Side corner store that's been closed for more than a year is being reopened by a new operator. Sami Kassem wants to open the Esser Mini-Mart to sell groceries, kitchen supplies, school supplies, and other "normal corner store stuff," but no tobacco or alcohol products, said Anthony James, an architect working with Kassem. The store would be located on th…

Crisis Services, the nonprofit operator of the region's 24-hour emergency suicide-prevention hotline, has moved its offices to the Black Rock neighborhood, while selling its old building on Main Street to its new landlord. The agency, as of last month, is now ensconced in its new offices at 100 River Rock Drive, in a 51,000-square-foot building owned by Acquest Holdings…

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Terry and Kim Pegula's company won city approval Monday for some modifications to their planned Labatt House brewery building at 79 Perry St. Pegula Sports & Entertainment used archived photos and records to change the appearance of the windows and doors along the ground-floor retail and commercial space on Perry Street. That provides "a little better baseline," …

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A warehouse storage building off Genesee Street is being targeted for redevelopment into a new apartment facility and neighborhood clinic in the latest effort by a developer to strengthen an East Side neighborhood. Larry Regan's Regan Development Corp. of Ardsley, N.Y., wants to convert the 100,000-square-foot building at 19 Doat St. into 74 affordable-housing apartment…

Winter parking rules along city bus routes in Buffalo are being suspended until Dec. 1, in part because the weather is forecast to be unseasonably mild and also to boost patronage in neighborhood shopping districts. "This is good for business in the city, and it's good for residents," Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown said Tuesday in the 500 block of Delaware Avenue. The …

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At the City of Tonawanda's foreclosure auction on Dec. 2, five of the 12 properties for sale will go directly to the Buffalo Erie Niagara Land Improvement Corp., also known as the Land Bank. City of Tonawanda Treasurer Joseph M. Hogenkamp said the Land Bank can be used as a tool to stabilize a neighborhood. "It's not so much that you are looking to make money off (th…

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I’ve always loved fall. Everything about it. It’s no longer the beginning of the school year, and it’s not quite the hustle and bustle of the Christmas holiday. (Regardless of what the big-box stores seem to think.) Fall is that time between where things are kind of chill; where you’re not exactly running around like a mad-person. Not all the time, anyway. I feel like fall…