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Jonathan D. Epstein

Jonathan Epstein is a business reporter at The Buffalo News, where he covers commercial and residential real estate and development. He has worked at The News since 2004.


Wendel, the Buffalo-based design, construction and engineering firm, has acquired a specialized firm in Atlanta to boost its expertise and geographic reach. The company did not say how much it paid to acquire the Architecture Group, which focuses on institutional architecture in Atlanta and the southeastern United States for clients such as the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapi…

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The developer behind the Crescendo apartment building on Niagara Street is now seeking tax breaks for a second project just across the street. Natale Development is requesting a package of sales and mortgage recording tax breaks from the Erie County Industrial Development Agency, to support its $5.6 million conversion of the former Aldrich & Ray Manufacturing Co. bu…

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The Buffalo Urban Development Corp. on Tuesday approved two additional contracts for the second phase of the Northland Corridor build-out project for Buffalo Manufacturing Works, while also extending its own lease for shared space with the Erie County Industrial Development Agency. BUDC's board backed the hiring of C.J. Brown Energy for commissioning services to ensure …

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A local developer working with an unidentified warehousing and distribution venture has signed a letter of intent with the Buffalo Urban Development Corp. to purchase 20 acres of land in the Buffalo Lakeside Commerce Park in South Buffalo. BUDC President Peter Cammarata would not identify either the developer or the group, which he said is being put together to form the…

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The Buffalo Planning Board Monday approved a $25 million project by surgeon-turned-developer Dr. Fadi Dagher to construct a five-story mixed-use building on a former motel site just north of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. The proposal by Dagher's Cedarland Development, in conjunction with Utah-based student-housing developer Blackfish Investments, would feature 215…

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Applications are now available for local small businesses to participate in the city's 2018 "holiday edition" of the Queen City Pop-Up retail program. The "pop-up" initiative – run by Buffalo Urban Development Corp., Buffalo Place and Working for Downtown – is designed to bring more small retailers to Main Street in downtown Buffalo by offering rent-free space for two m…

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Another 50 units of "workforce housing" will soon be available for rent in Buffalo, as developer Nick Sinatra seeks to wrap up his new MidCity Apartments project. Most of the work at 1665 Main St. is now completed, even though it may not look like it from the outside, Sinatra said. Crews are now primarily focusing on the first-floor commercial space, in particular waiti…

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Ellicott Development Co.'s planned new hotel and event space on Pearl Street should be open by January, the company's top executive said, offering a new option for large-scale meetings, parties and weddings in downtown Buffalo. Although it's opening several months later than previously predicted, the 110-room Aloft by Marriott hotel will be the first completed component…

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Not content with just redoing Our Lady of Lourdes Church on Main Street and adding a medical office building next door, developer William Paladino now wants to add a new eight-story hotel and parking ramp to his growing St. Paul Mall project. Paladino said his firm is planning to put up a new four-story parking ramp with a 107-room hotel on top of it, to be located at 1…

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The developers behind the reuse of the former Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo complex in the Elmwood Village are planning to include some sky-high condos — with sky-high prices. Under detailed plans laid out to a real estate group by Nick Sinatra and William Paladino on Thursday, the top three floors of the main Variety, Tanner and Alfieri buildings will featur…

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Howard Hanna Real Estate Services, the biggest brokerage in upstate New York and the third biggest in the country, is growing again — this time, in the Carolinas. The family-owned, Pittsburgh-based company — the biggest in Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York — announced Thursday that it had merged with Allen Tate Companies of Charlotte, the largest real estate company in No…

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Ellicott Development Co.'s plans for a new Tim Hortons to anchor a mixed-use building at the edge of Buffalo's business district have ground to a halt, after the city's Zoning Board of Appeals this week rejected a drive-thru for the site. Ellicott CEO William Paladino said Thursday that the proposed two-story building at the corner of Michigan Avenue and William Street …

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A Brooklyn investment group has purchased a large industrial warehouse and distribution complex adjacent to the Scajaquada Expressway and just behind the Monarch 716 student housing complex on the West Side. The buyers–- 2225 East 7 Properties and JEMF Buffalo Industrial – paid $3.6 million to acquire five separate properties and two facilities from Buffalo Niagara Busi…

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It's no surprise to John Manns that the new Colvin Estates homes that his company built in North Buffalo have sold quickly. But the executive at Marrano Homes said he was astonished at how high the prices went, and at who was buying them: millennials, many coming from the suburbs and some paying as much as $500,000. "I wasn't expecting it to go that high," Manns said…

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A planned new affordable housing project on Jefferson Avenue is moving forward, after the nonprofit agency sponsoring the project took possession of a dozen properties from the developer who owned them. People Inc. is working with developers Nick Sinatra and David Pawlik on a $31.1 million plan to build two three-story residential buildings with 89 apartments, to be loc…