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Todd Morgan, son of Rochester real estate developer Robert C. Morgan, pleaded not guilty Thursday morning in federal court in Buffalo to charges of bank and wire fraud following an indictment earlier in the week. Morgan, a project manager at Pittsford-based Morgan Management and Morgan Communities, barely spoke during the half-hour proceeding before U.S. Magistrate Judg…

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Staged apartments. Fake loans and leases. And a woman who pretended she was a tenant but couldn't let inspectors into a bedroom because her boyfriend was "sleeping" there. The fraud charges leveled Tuesday against two Buffalo commercial mortgage brokers and two relatives of Rochester apartment mogul Robert Morgan shined a bright light on the underbelly of the murky worl…

Buffalo

A pair of downstate affordable housing specialists have acquired two low-income senior housing complexes in Buffalo for more than $8 million from the holding company for the estate of Frank L. Ciminelli. RM & PSG Housing Development Fund Corp. and RM & PSG LLC on Monday paid $4.4 million for the Niagara River Basin Apartments at 24 Hertel Ave. and another $4 mil…

Business

Steuben Foods, the Elma-based food processor and maker of the Elmhurst line of vegan milks, added to its property inventory last week with the purchase of a single-family home next to its facilities. The company paid $350,000 for the three-bedroom house at 750 Jamison Road, formerly owned by Howard T. and Sharon A. Winkler. The 2,026-square-foot home was built in 1967 o…

Buffalo

LPCiminelli received Buffalo Planning Board approval Monday night for the second phase of its Highland Park Village project to convert the 27.1-acre former Central Park Plaza just east of Main Street into a new residential community. The construction contractor-turned-developer plans to build another 123 residential units just east of Holden Street, on the south side of…

Buffalo

The Buffalo Planning Board on Monday night approved a plan by developers Chris Jacobs and Alan Dewart to build a new two-story headquarters office building on the edge of Larkinville for Roar Logistics. The developers plan to construct a 12,020-square-foot office building at 535 Exchange St., with a 67-space asphalt parking lot, on a parcel next to the CSX railroad trac…

Buffalo

Transportation firm Roar Logistics would be the main tenant for a proposed new two-story office building on the edge of Larkinville – if the developers win city approvals and the company gets enough tax breaks from Erie County to move forward with its plan to create 14 new jobs. Christopher Jacobs of Avalon Development and Alan Dewart of Seneca Development & Managem…

Buffalo

The state Department of Environmental Conservation is asking for public comments on proposed brownfield cleanup plans for two pending development projects, one on the West Side and one in downtown Buffalo. Ciminelli Real Estate Corp. has proposed construction of an 18-story apartment, office and retail complex on a 2.5-acre site at 201 Ellicott St., between the Buffalo …

Buffalo

With all five commercial spaces leased and construction work proceeding on schedule, executives at Schneider Development are now hoping to get their new Shea's Seneca mixed-use complex opened and filled by September, even as they seek a tenant for the new Liberty Seneca across the street. Jake Schneider's company, which bought the historic former Shea's Seneca Theatre c…

Buffalo

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…

Business

Architect and developer Jake Schneider's real estate business is getting bigger. The owner of Schneider Development, Schneider Construction and Schneider Design Architects is launching a full-service real estate brokerage to leverage the services already offered by the affiliate companies. The new firm, called Schneider Real Estate Services, will offer third-party real …

Buffalo

Lancaster developer Bill Severyn is revising his proposal for six new three-story attached town houses near Kleinhans Music Hall after neighbors rose up in opposition at a Zoning Board of Appeals public hearing. Severyn Development wants to construct the 12,000-square foot project on a vacant 0.18-acre lot at 390 Jersey St., at the corner of 14th Street. Each of the …

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The owner of a Cheektowaga staffing company that was sued Thursday by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for allegedly discriminatory hiring practices fired back against the agency's claims, which it called "meritless and disturbing" but "no surprise." “It was clear in our dealings with the EEOC over the last year that their ultimate intent was litigation,” sai…

Buffalo

A proposal to build a new gas station and convenience store at the corner of Main and Fairfield streets in Buffalo fueled enough concerns and objections from the neighborhood about the appropriateness of the project that the city's Zoning Board of Appeals denied four variances that the developer needed. A&F Property Holdings, which is registered to Atanas and Froska…

The former Honeymoon Mansion in Niagara Falls – longtime home of the Big Brothers Big Sisters Niagara – is being auctioned Saturday, more than 116 years after it was built. Cash Realty & Auctions will conduct the public sale of the 9,986-square-foot mansion at 357 Portage Road, a structure with a century of history. It's located at the intersection of Portage…