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Zoning variances approved for Uniland, WellNow projects

Two proposed medical buildings on Elmwood Avenue in North Buffalo received zoning variances from the Green Code this week, advancing projects by Uniland Development Co. and Caliber Brokerage.

The Zoning Board of Appeals approved requests related to front setback and parking for Uniland's plan to convert an abandoned one-story warehouse at 766 Hertel, by rehabbing the existing building, constructing an addition and recladding the exterior with a brick and metal panel facade to create a medical facility with 32,953 square feet of space.

The board also backed applications by Caliber for interior side-yard setback and parking for a planned 3,500-square-foot WellNow urgent care facility at 1597 Elmwood and 709 Amherst St. The companies plan to demolish two houses and two commercial buildings – including the home of ENS Signs and the former home of used textbook store Bucks4Books.

Developer Douglas Jemal's Douglas Development Corp. also received variances for a pair of planned clubhouses to be constructed on the Seneca One tower plaza at Seneca Street, on either side of Main Street. And former-judge-turned-developer Anthony LoRusso obtained variances for changes to his Campus West apartment project at 129 West St.

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