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The first pieces of the new residential project and urban grocery on Ellicott Street are starting to take shape as Ciminelli Real Estate Corp. moves forward with environmental cleanup of the site and the structural work. The Buffalo-based developer said Tuesday that all of the urban fill soil has been removed from the site at 201 Ellicott St. as part of a state-supervis…

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Jake Schneider's plan to convert the former Community Music School building into the 22-unit Musical Suites apartment project won city Planning Board approval Monday night, after demonstrating that he had done everything possible to work with neighbors whose century-old carriage house is close to the property line on their parcel. Schneider plans to convert the existing…

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The controversial proposal to erect a four-story apartment building with 129 market-rate units on the edge of the historic Fruit Belt neighborhood appears no closer to winning city approval – after critics raised the same objections to a redesigned plan that lowered its height but still exceeded the Green Code. Symphony Management, owned by Timothy LeBoeuf, went back to…

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National architectural and engineering firm Bergmann PC has expanded its Buffalo office, looking to capitalize on the growing redevelopment activity. The Rochester-based company, which employs more than 400 across the Northeast, Midwest and Atlantic regions, relocated its downtown office from 7,700 square feet in the Waterfront Village office complex to a larger 12,000-…

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It's common for people to be unhappy when someone comes along and wants to build houses on previously undeveloped land. James Ostroff isn't just complaining. He's putting his money where his mouth is to stop a planned $10 million, 25-house subdivision near his home in the hamlet of Bowmansville in Lancaster. But if he's going to succeed, he's going to need a lot more mo…

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The new owner of a vacant lot on Linwood Avenue is proceeding with the prior owner's plans for a new three-story apartment building – but now he wants to ezpand the lower unit, so he has his own place to live. That means Joseph Carubba has a scheduled collision with the Buffalo Planning Board first. Carubba bought the quarter-acre site at 295 Linwood from Jesse Hawke…

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Don't expect the rash of new apartment building to stop anytime soon – unless the music stops. For the past few years, Buffalo developers have been putting up new apartment projects through the city like there's no tomorrow. They're eager to feed both the pent-up demand from the past for new options, as well as the growing demand among young professionals and empty n…

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When it comes to back-office facilities and call centers, Buffalo is certainly no backwater. Western New York has a well-established reputation as an attractive destination for back offices because of the lower costs of real estate, wages and energy that make it appealing to companies. That's helped it lure the likes of Geico Corp., Citigroup, Bank of America, Yahoo!…

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The landscape and skyline of Buffalo have certainly changed in recent years, with a host of new real estate development projects that have added to the downtown core, the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, and even some other parts of the city. But those aren't the only changes. And their builders aren't the only change-makers. While LECOM Harborcenter, 250 Delaware, 50…

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The Shoreline Apartments are finally coming down. Crews hired by Norstar Development USA began assembling Thursday morning on the site of the low-income housing project along Niagara Street to start the long-awaited demolition. "It is finally coming down. We’re very happy about that," said Linda L. Goodman, senior vice president of Norstar, who has been involved in p…

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The law firm behind those "Call Jed" billboards has bought the American Cancer Society's office building in Getzville for $660,000 as part of an expansion. The Dietrich Law Firm will keep its 2,800-square-foot office at 1323 N. Forest Road, at Maple Road, in Amherst while it adds the 6,000-square-foot building at 101 John James Audubon Parkway, near the town's municipal…

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Douglas Jemal, the owner of Seneca One tower, wants to put his tax dollars to work – in the area around downtown's tallest building. Jemal's Douglas Development Corp. is working with the City of Buffalo and the Erie County Industrial Development Agency on a unique and special financing arrangement that could ultimately provide as much as $20 million for Cars Sharing Mai…

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Not content to limit himself to Buffalo, Washington, D.C., developer Douglas Jemal is making another major purchase, this time in Syracuse. Jemal signed an agreement last week to buy M&T Bank Corp.'s landmark Central New York regional headquarters building, kicking off yet another adaptive reuse project of a historic downtown office building. Terms of the deal, w…

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Benderson Development Co. and Derrick Corp. have swapped land in Cheektowaga that will enable the developer to construct a new retail project on the site of a former Kmart store while restoring the industrial manufacturer's access to the road. Benderson paid $2.72 million to buy the former Kmart store property at 2055 Walden Ave. from Derrick, which then paid $1.86 mill…