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A former BJ's Wholesale Club building in the City of Tonawanda was acquired this month by wholesale distributor of auto parts. Syracuse-based United Auto Supply paid $2.95 million to buy the 105,971-square-foot warehouse building at 800 Young St., according to Erie County Clerk records and Pyramid Brokerage Co., which handled the sale. The 10.5-acre property, located…

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…

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A downstate electronics entrepreneur and real estate investor, who took a shot at One Seneca Tower before Douglas Jemal came along, has instead acquired a pair of industrial warehouse buildings on the East Side – for a lot less money. Harvey Kaylie, acting through 1400 William Properties LLC, paid $1.238 million late last month to acquire the former Federal Bakery Suppl…

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A Cheektowaga property manager and investor has acquired the former Verizon Communications Service Center in Depew, adding to his commercial real estate holdings in Western New York. Frank Campofelice, owner of Burgio & Campofelice in Cheektowaga and Walden Development Group in Elma, bought the 17,720-square-foot facility at 2525 George Urban Blvd. from Verizon New …

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A Rochester-based commercial real estate management firm has acquired a former envelope-manufacturing warehouse and facility in Orchard Park from a Connecticut-based printing and office products company. Yaro Enterprises, a family-owned commercial real estate company that was formed in 2005 by President Yaroslav Kirik, paid $3.3 million in late December to acquire a 154…

An East Side church wants to create another child care option for families in the neighborhood. The Lincoln Memorial United Methodist Church is seeking city approval to convert the pastor's office, parlor and two Sunday school classrooms inside the existing church into a day care center for infants through toddlers, with three rooms for children and an office. The proje…

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The final results are in, and the Buffalo Niagara housing market set what appear to be records for highest prices and lowest inventory of homes for sale last year, as the robust activity continued all year long. According to new data from the Buffalo Niagara Association of Realtors, the median price for the year soared to a record $140,000, up 7.7 percent and easily bes…

A former Amigone Funeral Home in Cheektowaga is being eyed as a potential new medical or professional office building. An investor group called 1931 Kensington acquired the former funeral parlor and an adjacent office building at 1931-1933 Kensington Ave. from Amigone Ventures, paying $400,000, according to David Schiller of Pyramid Brokerage Co., who helped handle the …

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…

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A 40-year-old North Tonawanda man was arrested and charged with first-degree assault Saturday after he allegedly stabbed a family member in the neck while riding in a vehicle on Tonawanda Creek Road in Pendleton. According to the Niagara County Sheriff's Office, Cory J. Ochterski allegedly left the vehicle after the victim, who was driving, stopped the car, and then ran…