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Splat! That's a sound that could be heard frequently in part of Buffalo's East Side – along with screams of excitement and the sight of very colorful outfits – if two young entrepreneurs succeed with their plan to open an outdoor paintball facility near the intersection of William Street and Fillmore Avenue. Partners Erik Hansen and Josh Burch, who also own a startup…

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The student-housing developers behind a new planned project at Main Street and Hertel Avenue have been eyeing Buffalo for more than five years because, they say, it's been underserved by outside companies and much of what exists right now is not good quality. David Freeman, owner of Provo, Utah-based DFFusion Investments, said there's a need for better residential optio…

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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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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…

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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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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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Living in a former mattress factory, casket company or car dealership may not be for everyone, but a series of open houses Saturday will offer a closer look at some of the city's latest residential developments. Craft-beer and wine tasting, and food samples and music will be offered at some sites. Shuttle bus service available between sites. Buffalo Living Tour runs …

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Benderson Development Co., the region's biggest retail developer, wants to build a new fast-food restaurant on Elmwood Avenue in Buffalo, and this time it wants the whole enchilada. Benderson is proposing a 2,606-square-foot Taco Bell restaurant and drive-thru on one of three remaining "outparcel" spaces in a 9.89-acre plaza that currently contains a 41,000-square-foot …

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Construction is underway on the conversion of a former industrial complex on Main Street into a mixed-use student housing project, but the developer is modifying several elements of the plan. David Freeman's DF Fusion of Provo, Utah, is spending $30 million to redevelop part of the properties at 2929-2939 Main into 321 residential units for upper class and graduate stud…

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Months after demolishing a historic former multifamily home on the site, the owner of a Linwood Avenue property now wants to erect a new three-story wood-frame apartment house in its place, with five new upscale units. Jesse Hawker of East Amherst, who purchased the property out of foreclosure last December, is seeking Buffalo Planning Board approval to construct the 7,…

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Preliminary work has begun on the $22.5 million project to restore car traffic to Main Street south of Exchange Street, with the entire effort expected to last into 2020 so it doesn't interrupt activities at Canalside, HarborCenter or KeyBank Center. The long-awaited Lower Main Street initiative – part of the larger Cars Sharing Main Street project from Tupper Street so…

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Glendale Development, an apartment development and management firm owned by Matthew Cherry, is wrapping up work on the conversion of a former warehouse on Barker Street into the new Nickel City Lofts, now slated to open this summer. The Tonawanda-based company, which acquired what was a two-story vacant building from Daniel A. Schwartz in March 2016, converted the 34,20…

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National Vacuum Environmental Services Corp. will be able to take its 15-year tax break to a new location, the Niagara County Industrial Development Agency board decided Wednesday. The Niagara Falls environmental cleanup company plans to build a new headquarters on 8.5 acres it would buy from National Grid in the Vantage International Point industrial park on Lockport R…