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Buffalo Planning Board to consider Shoreline Apartments demolition

It’s going to be another busy evening at Buffalo’s Planning Board on Tuesday, with two dozen projects up for public hearings, consideration or approval – including the controversial demolition and replacement of the Shoreline Apartments on Niagara Street.

Shoreline owner Norstar Development USA plans to redevelop the low-income housing complex in two phases, starting this year, in order to take advantage of state funds it hopes to get to help finance the project. That means speeding up its original plans and disrupting tenants. As a result, more than 175 families were already told recently that they have to be out of their apartments by November, sparking outrage among residents and public pressure from city lawmakers, who have asked Norstar to reconsider and delay its plan.

The project will be reviewed by the Planning Board at 4 p.m. Tuesday, and then at a Common Council hearing at 6 p.m.

Planners also will hold public hearings for a pair of discount dollar stores at 127 Skillen St. and 1756 Genesee St., a new location and parking lot for Sinatra’s Restaurant at 938 Kenmore Ave., a new 1,850-space parking ramp at 854 Ellicott St. to replace the Ellicott-Goodrich Garage at the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.

Additionally, the panel will consider a proposal to convert a Silo City warehouse into a new restaurant, a modification to the previously approved Campus Walk Student Housing project at 643 Grant St., a sidewalk cafe for a restaurant building at 225 Lexington Avenue, and two new restaurants at 3199 Main St. and 2883 Bailey Avenue.

Also on the agenda are possible final approvals for Gerald Buchheit’s construction of a 23-story apartment tower at 975 Furhmann Blvd. on the Outer Harbor, conversion of a warehouse into apartments at 25-33 Barker St., the Hertel Avenue Coin Laundry at 1278 Hertel Avenue, construction of a new mixed-use retail and office building by John W. Danforth Co. at 1176 South Park Avenue, conversion of a church to condos at 340 Bird Avenue, and approval of a special zoning district at Gates Circle.