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After nearly two years of construction, an enormous new independent senior-living complex that rose up from a sprawling meadow in Lancaster is finally preparing to open its doors to more than 150 residents. Natale Development is wrapping up the finishing touches on The Belvedere, the newest addition to the area's living options for seniors. The project is designed to ap…

Construction and Growth

Until recently, anyone looking at One Seneca Tower from outside could be excused for wondering just how much construction was actually happening. Crews had erected the steel frame of a pair of new retail buildings on the plaza level, and various pieces of equipment or vacuum tubes could occasionally be seen on the site. But there was little other visible evidence of pro…

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Howard Hanna Real Estate Services has acquired a Rochester-based commercial real estate brokerage firm, adding the 11-person business to the Hanna Commercial Real Estate operation. The Pittsburgh-based company, the nation's fourth-largest real estate firm, did not say how much it paid to acquire Ferrar Jerum International, which specializes in retail leasing and tenant …

Buffalo

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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Buffalo city officials say they are now finalizing real estate deals on more than a dozen sites as part of a host of redevelopment projects that will generate more than $8 million in sales value in the coming months. The city took possession of the properties at different times and for various reasons, including tax foreclosures and other seizures through the new land b…

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It's been more than two years since Ciminelli Real Estate Corp. was selected in February 2016 as the designated developer for a vacant parking lot on Ellicott Street. The city-owned lot, sandwiched between the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library and the bus terminal, had been identified by the Brown administration as ideal for a project to bring more residential un…

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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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With the pending move of both the Buffalo Police Department and Buffalo Fire Department headquarters to the former Dillon courthouse, city officials are now preparing to put the old police headquarters building up for sale. The city's Division of Development and Division of Real Estate are planning to seek proposals from buyers and developers nationwide for the aging fa…

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Buffalo officials are preparing to unveil a new – and likely more lucrative – property tax exemption program for real estate projects that would give city officials more control over incentives that could be narrowly tailored to fit a development's needs. Details of the new program are still being finalized. But Brendan Mehaffy, executive director of the Office of St…

Ciminelli Real Estate Corp. next month will complete the previously announced move of its headquarters from its longtime offices in Amherst to Fountain Plaza in Buffalo. As of June 4, the firm will occupy 25,000 square feet on the fifth floor and half of the fourth floor of 50 Fountain Plaza, vacating the space at 350 Essjay Road in its Centerpointe Corporate Park. T…

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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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Charter Communications, the parent of local cable provider Spectrum Media, has just one week to prove to the Public Service Commission that it did not violate its agreement to expand broadband service in both New York City and upstate New York, or the state will collect a $1 million fine against the company. The PSC initially issued an "order to show cause" in March, in…