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Next Generation: Hook & Ladder Development, reviving South Buffalo's Seneca St.

Buffalo's real estate and development community has been led by some highly visible people for many years, if not decades, but many less-familiar figures are stepping into that spotlight. In some cases, they’re already doing their own projects to put their imprint on the community. Others remain in executive positions supporting their mentors but are making an impact and quickly becoming the face of the newest real estate and development projects. Here is a look at one such person; click here to see more.


The firefighting trio of John Otto, Peter Scarcello Jr. and Gino Gatti has been lighting up South Buffalo’s Seneca Street, snapping up a number of buildings along the commercial strip and reviving them with new apartments and storefronts.

Most of their projects have been small, but they’re starting to take on some larger ventures, including redevelopment of old churches.

And they’ve cultivated relationships with other, more experienced developers, as well as politicians and local businesses, to ensure not only their own success but also that of the neighborhood they call home.

“The most rewarding thing for us, and the thing we get the most satisfaction out of, is the excitement for the community,” Scarcello said. “They’ve been very receptive to our initiatives, because they are confident it’s coming from a genuine and sincere place. It’s about a healthy quality commercial corridor and neighborhood for all the residents to enjoy.”

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