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The Buffalo Niagara housing market is getting even tighter. Home prices are rising steadily – up 6 percent in May – because more people are looking to buy a home than there are homes for sale. That makes the hunt for a new home harder. Even with the hot housing market making it easier for sellers to get close to their asking price – and homes selling faster than they ha…

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The new owner of the Clarence U-pick blueberry farm is tending to the property's 18,000 bushes himself and is getting ready for the start of the pick-your-own season in the coming weeks. Damian Baird paid $2.1 million for two adjoining properties totaling 34 acres on Shimerville Road, north of Roll Road, in January with plans to construct a nine-unit subdivision. The…

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A lack of enough sideyard setback caused a minor setback for a proposed new five-unit apartment building on Linwood Avenue, as a newly discovered need for a zoning variance meant the Buffalo Planning Board could not approve a project its members otherwise liked. Jesse Hawker of East Amherst plans to construct a three-story building on a quarter-acre lot at 295 Linwood, …

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The Brothers of Mercy announced it received its third major monetary gift from restaurateur and philanthropist Russell J. Salvatore. Salvatore's latest gift tips the scales to more than $600,000 in donations to the organization. It will fund a new Memory Care Center, which will be part of a new Assisted Living/Enhanced Assisted Living and Memory Care Community, sched…

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SUNY Erie Community College wants to construct a mixed-use building at its North Campus to forge deeper ties between the college, the business community and the Town of Amherst. The college would build a structure on, or near, the campus to host ECC's first student housing, a business incubator and space for a grocery store or other retail options. "The innovation hu…

Health and Fitness

Cheektowaga fitness trainer Shannon L. Hockwater in the coming weeks will offer cardio-strength classes for adults and an adaptive fitness program for those aged 12 to 21. The adult summer group fitness class will run from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. through July on Mondays and Wednesdays in the Academic and Wellness Center on the Damen College, at Main Street and Amherstdale Roa…

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The site of the former Deaconess Hospital on Humboldt Parkway – now a sprawling swath of grass-covered land near the Buffalo Museum of Science – may be destined for a new Head Start day care center and medical clinic before it gets any houses. The Community Action Organization, which purchased the 5.7-acre property after Kaleida Health demolished the 268,000-square-foot…

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The owner of Nichol City Realty in Lancaster has acquired the former office of the Brown Chiari law firm on Broadway. Shannon McNichol, acting through 5775 NCB LLC, paid $410,000 to buy the building at 5775 Broadway from BC Broadway LLC, which is controlled by Donald P. Chiari. The 5,169-square-foot former office of the personal-injury firm is a single-story red-bric…

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A national engineering and construction services firm that already has three offices in Western New York has opened its first location in the heart of downtown Buffalo to better serve its public-sector clients in response to continued growth in all of its business areas. Greenman-Pedersen Inc. moved its 14-member engineering department from its suburban office in Cheekt…

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Where did the City of Buffalo’s public access channel go? It’s in "Siberia" along with other public programming, say Buffalo Common Council members. The city’s Public, Educational and Governmental access programs are no longer on channels 19, 20, 21 and 22, said Lovejoy Council Member Richard A. Fontana. Instead, Spectrum cable company moved them "in the cloak of …

Real Estate Transactions

Following are real estate transactions over $5,000 as listed in records of the Erie County clerk’s office for the week ending May 11. AMHERST • 144 Waterway Lane, Marrano/marc Equity Corporation to Jeffrey M. Rose; Lindsay A. Rose, $418,725. • 60 Brandywine Drive, Julian J. Macy; Kathleen G. Macy to Nicholas J. Shemik; Stephanie M. Shemik, $417,000. • 76 High Park Bo…

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After investigating an incident at a North Tonawanda Walmart store that went viral on Facebook, police have concluded a woman was frightened by overzealous members of a religious group – not the victim of an attempted kidnapping as she had feared. "There is really nothing to it other than speculation and suspicion on her part. If something changes, we would follow up on…

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A Westchester County operator of open-air shopping centers has sold the Walden Consumer Square across from the Walden Galleria in Cheektowaga to Benchmark Group of Amherst for $28 million. Benchmark, owned by Arthur and George Gellman and Clarke Narins, bought the plaza at 1700-1750 Walden Ave., from Walden Consumer Improvements LLC, owned by DLC Management Corp. of Tar…

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Woodcock Brothers Brewing Co. has been so successful in its Wilson location that it is planning to open a second brewery and restaurant in North Tonawanda. The $1.3 million project would create 51 jobs, according to Michael W. Zimmerman, executive director of the city's development agency, the Lumber City Development Corp. The site for the craft brewer would be the f…

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April 12, 1940 – June 12, 2018 Dick Page won numerous awards as a landscape designer, but the honor that perhaps best summed up his accomplishments came from his high school classmates at a reunion. They called it the Horatio Alger Award, which they presented to him to acknowledge his success both personally and professionally. Mr. Page married his high school swe…