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Big ideas in the Queen City.

   If all you count is drawing boards, business is really booming in Buffalo:

- Project on Freezer Queen site reported as trying to lure HSBC, Phillips Lytle - Phil Fairbanks/The Buffalo Freezerqueen News
   Buffalo's undeveloped outer harbor could become the home of a $300 million office, retail and hotel project if the owners succeed in landing a major corporate tenant.
   Queen City Landing declined to coment on who those tenants might be, but sources familiar with the project said they include HSBC Bank and the law firm Phillips Lytle.
   "I'm talking to three significant tenants that would create a unique community down there," said Gerald A. Buchheit of Queen City Landing. "It would be a modern, upbeat project that would put Buffalo on the map."
   The development is targeted for the former Freezer Queen manufacturing plant, a 20-acre site on Fuhrmann Boulevard near Ohio Street.

- Termini wants Hotel Lafayette to be 'one-stop' wedding site - Jonathan D. Epstein/The Buffalo News
   The Hotel Lafayette in downtown Buffalo will become a "one-stop" wedding destination with a banquet facility, bakery, flower shop and hotel rooms, under plans outlined Monday by developer Rocco Termini before the local Empire Zone board.
   Termini, through his
Signature Development Buffalo, has previously disclosed general plans to spend $35 million to convert the six-story, 367-room hotel into a mixed-use development, including 115 market-rate apartments, a hotel, a banquet facility and commercial space. But further details have not been available until now.
   The developer's project calls for the landmark hotel's first floor to include a revived
Lafayette Tap Room, [business closed; website still there] a flower shop and a bakery, while upper floors will house a boutique hotel.
   The owners of the Pearl Street Brewery will run the Tap Room, under its longtime name, and expand it to 15,000 square feet, with 35 employees.
   Woyshner's Flower Shop in Lackawanna will open a 3,000-square-foot store on the first floor, with seven jobs. The family-owned and operated Woyshner's will still maintain its existing main location at 910 Ridge Road.
   Butterwood Desserts, renowned for its cakes, will move from 1863 Davis Road in West Falls to downtown, where it will do all its baking in the Lafayette kitchen. The bakery will take up 8,000 square feet and employ 35 people.
   Hospitality executive Mark Hamister will operate a 34-room boutique hotel on the second floor, with 20 employees. It will include a banquet facility.

- Galvstar steel mill to open next year - David Robinson/The Buffalo News
   With $18 million in tax-exempt funding well in the works, the top executive of the company that plans to open a steel galvanizing mill in a former East Side auto parts plant said the facility is on track to open early next year.
   With $8 million in tax-exempt funding in hand through a federal stimulus program and another $10 million in the works through the Erie County Industrial Development Agency, Galvstar LLC has arranged the bulk of the financing it needs for the $22.8 million project. The galvanizing mill is expected to employ about 50 people initially.

   Here's a tune for Rocco:

  

-- George Pyle/The Buffalo News

 

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