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The Clarence Town Board rejected plans for a nine-unit subdivision on the site of the Clarence U-Pick Blueberry Farm on Shimerville Road. But board members stressed after the meeting that the decision had nothing to do with the loss of blueberries. The plan does not meet town codes, they said. The proposal would have landlocked one of two houses on the 36-acre lot if…

Buffalo

Ciminelli Real Estate Corp. has unveiled revised plans for a condominium and townhome project at Waterfront Village, after more than three years of community input and public comment that led to a reduction in height and mass of the buildings. The Amherst-based developer, which is moving its headquarters to downtown Buffalo, is still planning on a total of 31 for-sale r…

Buffalo

Nonprofit People Inc. has completed its purchase of a vacant former Millard Fillmore Gates Circle Hospital parking lot, where it plans to spend $11.4 million to build a new senior housing facility. The social services agency, acting through its Linwood Lafayette Housing Development Fund Co., paid $850,000 to TM Montante Development's 637 Linwood LLC for the 1.1-acre lot…

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…

Buffalo

Developer Rocco Termini, who has been working to transform an area of North Buffalo into a new commercial and residential zone, has acquired two more Black Rock properties on Chandler Street to add to his growing portfolio, after a previous plan for renovation fell through. Termini, through a pair of aptly named limited-liability companies, acquired 27 and 37 Chandler f…

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Developers Karl Frizlen and Jason Yots are poised to start work on converting the former New York Central Freight House into a mixed-use residential and retail building, now that they've purchased the property from E.B. Atlas Steel Corp. Frizlen and Yots, through Buffalo Freight House LLC, paid $750,000 last Friday to acquire the 37,000-square-foot, single-story brick b…

Business

Snow was falling at a brisk pace on Buffalo's East Side Tuesday, but that didn't stop a couple hundred eager construction contractors and individuals from coming out to look for deals amid the tools, vehicles and equipment being auctioned from LPCiminelli's inventory. The sale marked an ignominious end to what many people considered the largest locally based general con…

The City of Tonawanda Common Council has approved a plan to streamline economic development and planning for new subdivisions by allowing final site plan approvals at the Planning Board level. Subdivisions and projects larger than half an acre currently must go to the Council for site plan approval, to make sure a project has proper zoning and meets state and federal st…

Erie County

A Clarence couple is seeking a conditional permit to operate dog boarding kennel in a residential neighborhood on Salt Road in the Town of Clarence. The Clarence Town Board will discuss at its meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27, the request from Gregory and Katherine Schimenti for the temporary conditional permit to operate the kennel at their home at 5540 Salt Road.…

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Kelly Schultz, who once sold an antique Chinese vase for $1.5 million, plans to open a new shop in Clarence to sell high-end antiques and art to well-heeled customers. In a converted auto showroom, he'll display Tiffany lamps that cost $50,000, paintings by artists that may sell for $5,000 to $50,000, bronze and marble statues, and other costly items that he now keeps i…

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Developer Michael Hacikyan, who accused City of Tonawanda Mayor Rick Davis of cursing him and tossing him out of his office several months ago, is now threatening to sue over an April Fools' Day comment that Davis posted about Hacikyan on Facebook. Davis falsely wrote on a Tonawanda community group page on Facebook a post that Hacikyan had decided to give the former…

Developers are invited to tour development sites in the Town of Tonawanda at a forum from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Niawanda Park Pavilion, 600 Niagara St. In addition to the tour, there will also be information about development ready sites in the Brownfield Opportunity Area, advantages of locating in the Town of Tonawanda, case studies of successful development …

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Grand Island Supervisor Nathan D. McMurray wants the town to put a moratorium on the development of any new apartment complexes until it has a master plan in place. He said he has asked the town attorney to draft a moratorium for the Town Board to consider at a future meeting. McMurray said he would like it to be a one-year moratorium. Developments that are already in p…

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The City of Tonawanda has agreed to sell a 14-acre vacant, wooded lot along Little League Drive for $160,000 to David Home Builders so the developer can build 95 townhouse-style condominiums. The proposed project, which is subject to planning and zoning board approvals, would include 95 single-story, attached homes, with two-car garages, two-plus bedrooms, two-full bath…

Prospectus

Developers and building owners added or announced hundreds of additional apartments in the city’s core last year. They’ve turned aging warehouses, industrial complexes and office buildings into upscale loft apartments with high-end marble or granite finishes and stainless steel appliances alongside historic brick, wood floors and exposed ductwork. [PHOTO GALLERY: Hig…