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- Developer seeks to create incubator - Brian Meyer/The Buffalo News
   Two vacant buildings in the downtown Buffalo business district would be turned into an incubator for small businesses and artisans under a proposal being reviewed by city planners.
   Developer J. Roger Trettel hopes to transform a structure at 523 Main St. and a building behind it at 500 Washington St. into a complex that would house up to 14 small businesses. A future phase of the project would involve building loft apartments or office space on upper floors.
   Trettel expects numerous enterprises to lease space in the Cornucopia Storefronts, including a coffee house, a confectionary shop and a hair-styling salon. He is also talking with several artisans....
   The project has won backing from Buffalo Place, the entity that markets and manages the downtown business district. ...
   Trettel said the project will be largely financed with private funds. But it will receive some assistance from the New York Main Street program, a state initiative that aims to spur downtown revitalization by providing money for building renovations and enhancing streetscapes....
    Buffalo’s Preservation Board recently approved the projects after developers gave assurances that the historic character of the structures will be enhanced.

   Another coffee shop downtown?
   Buffalo may not be The City That Never Sleeps. But it's not for a lack of caffeine.
   No protests here. I'll take mine with one cream, no sugar.

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-- George Pyle/The Buffalo News

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