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A longtime paper box and jigsaw puzzle manufacturing facility may soon be storing personal belongings, furniture, old records and other items for safekeeping. Daniel Blanchard of Tonawanda wants to spend about $1 million to convert the Drescher Paper Box facility at 459 Broadway into a new independent self-storage facility, with more than 200 climate-controlled interior…

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The state this week awarded another $4 million grant to the Buffalo Urban Development Corp.'s Northland Corridor redevelopment project, advancing the city's efforts to transform a 35-acre section of the East Side into a light manufacturing training and business hub. Empire State Development Corp. announced its approval of the grant as part of the fifth cycle of its Rest…

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Economic development officials in Buffalo imagined a sprawling campus for Amazon that would have extended from the city's tallest building to the Buffalo River as part of a pitch to lure the company's second headquarters to the region. And they dangled more than $500 million in tax breaks, in addition to still undisclosed state incentives, in their bid for the project. …

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Gigi's, the legendary East Side soul food restaurant that closed after a devastating fire over two years ago, is going to reopen – a little more than a mile from its former site. Darryl Harvin, the owner of the longtime East Ferry Street eatery, was selected Tuesday by the Buffalo Urban Development Corp. to operate a full-service kitchen and café at the new Workforce Tr…

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Burke Homes and LPCiminelli are modifying the front facades of their planned new town houses at the Highland Park redevelopment project, giving them more options to offer potential buyers once they're complete. The home builder received approval Monday from the City Planning Board to switch from a standard three-story plan for its first six-unit building to one that wil…

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The redevelopment of Jefferson Avenue is heating up, as a proposed new bank branch is moving forward just north of a planned new residential housing complex, while the developers behind both projects now have a new office building on the drawing board. Northwest Bancorp on Monday received an endorsement from the Buffalo Planning Board for its new East Side bank branch o…

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Schneider Development is lining up tenants for the remake of the Shea's Seneca Theatre in South Buffalo – bringing a coffeehouse, bar, florist and taco restaurant to the historic building that will soon house 23 apartments. Public Expresso Coffee, run by Sam Scarcello, and Bottle Rocket, led by Billy Lewis and Nate Manna, will occupy two of the four remaining retail spa…

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The new owner of Pano's is hoping to reopen the landmark restaurant on May 1 -- with essentially the same menu the old restaurant used for decades. Mark Chason, owner of Chason Affinity Cos., bought the restaurant at 1081 Elmwood Ave. from longtime owner Pano Georgiadis. He is seeking a special-use permit from the Buffalo Common Council Tuesday to reopen the restaura…

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An Orchard Park man was charged Sunday morning with driving while intoxicated after police said they stopped him for speeding and found that he had a blood-alcohol content three times the legal limit. Police stopped a 2015 GMC Sierra pickup truck at about 12:20 a.m. Sunday morning after it was seen speeding on South Buffalo Street in the village. The driver, 33-year-old…

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A Hamburg man with a long history of suspended or revoked driver's licenses for alcohol-related offenses was arrested again early Sunday morning in the town of Orchard Park –  for drunk and unlicensed driving. Police stopped a 2015 Nissan Altima for speeding on Milestrip Road near Abbott Road at about 3 a.m. The car was driven by Joel Echeverria, 34, whose license had b…

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A man who fought with police and then threatened an officer is now facing charges of harassment, disorderly conduct, obstructing justice and resisting arrest. Buffalo Police officers found Carlos Rodriguez fighting with a woman on Allen Street at about 2:35 a.m. Saturday and ordered them to break it up and leave. Rodriguez refused and pushed an officer in the left shoul…

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Lesson #1 in self control: Don't return to the scene. Ewardo Arroya had returned to 678 Swan St. after leaving a corner bar drunk and "out of control," according to a Buffalo police report. He punched a picture frame, breaking the glass and cutting his hand, before also punching a woman in the eye and back of the head, causing her pain, swelling and bruising. He was …

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Buffalo police arrested an unidentified man for illegally possessing a weapon while under an active order of protection after officers observed a fight in a parking lot at Jefferson Avenue and Genesee Street Sunday morning. According to the police report, officers pulled into the lot at around 9:30 a.m. after being flagged down by people at the scene. They were immediat…

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Jamestown police arrested a 50-year-old woman accused of driving while intoxicated early Sunday morning after stopping her for making an improper right turn and having no tail lights. Officers stopped Roberta S. Johnson's vehicle on Tiffany Street in the city at about 2:24 a.m. After showing signs of intoxication, she was taken to Jamestown City Jail without incident an…

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State police arrested a Randolph man Saturday after he allegedly broke into a home while drunk, broke a window and urinated on the porch before resisting arrest. According to a police report, 26-year-old Dustin Waite entered the male victim's home without invitation and then refused to leave peacefully. He was eventually locked out, but then broke a window and urinated …