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A Republican assemblyman from Dutchess County is criticizing the Cuomo administration’s $750 million subsidy for a new solar panel factory in Buffalo, citing a 2-year-old federal investigation into whether SolarCity and other residential solar installers inflated the cost of their work so they would receive bigger federal subsidies than they deserved.“This is a company und…

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SolarCity’s planned factory in South Buffalo – and the 3,000 jobs that come with it – packs a powerful economic punch.To be built on the former Republic Steel plant site in South Buffalo, the factory is expected to bring more new jobs to the region than the steel maker ever had in its heyday.With the ability to make enough solar panels to generate more than 1,000 megawatts…

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One of the crown jewels of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s Buffalo Billion economic development program is expected to take a big step forward today with a groundbreaking for one of the world’s biggest solar panel factories at the RiverBend site in South Buffalo.The solar panel factory, which will be operated by SolarCity, the nation’s leading solar energy systems installer, will g…

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is scheduled to appear in Buffalo today for a groundbreaking event for a solar manufacturing firm at RiverBend, the clean-energy and technology hub on the site of the former Republic Steel plant in South Buffalo.The governor is expected to confirm details of the SolarCity project during a 1 p.m. press conference at the RiverBend site, at 1339 South Par…

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The Col. Francis G. Ward Pumping Station remains one of the great achievements of the mighty industrial city that grew up on the eastern shore of Lake Erie. But who was Col. Francis G. Ward?“He was a man of big, constructive ideas,” said one of Buffalo’s Common Council members upon Ward’s death in November 1915, when the new pumping station’s stacks were towering over the …

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State officials Thursday unveiled the latest Buffalo Billion initiative to support economic redevelopment, setting aside $6.7 million to buy and prepare 50 acres of vacant or underused East Side industrial land for a business park focused on manufacturing and energy.The plan, announced by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, represents the first step in a large-scale redevelopment projec…

The distance between Canalside’s Central Wharf and the Outer Harbor is getting shorter.The Queen City Ferry Co., which has been transporting people to several points along Buffalo’s waterfront, has been tapped to operate a new ferry ride across the Buffalo River, which separates the two landmarks.The four-year contract calls for operating a small ferry, which could resemb…

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The backstage photographs at the Chautauqua Institution Amphitheater catch your eye.The walls are lined with the likes of the Everly Brothers, Smokey Robinson and Trisha Yearwood, as well as Harry Belafonte, Paul Anka, Arlo Guthrie and Johnny Mathis. Most include handwritten inscriptions fondly dedicated to the “Amp.”For more than a century, a jaw-dropping parade of histor…

Construction workers are putting the steel up on the top floor of the planned 12-story office and hotel tower at 250 Delaware Ave., in preparation for “topping off” the project early next month, said a spokeswoman for Uniland Development Co.Uniland is constructing the 516,200-square-foot building at Delaware Avenue and Chippewa Street to house Delaware North Companies’ new…

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Many people who came to learn about the suggested plan for the outer harbor this week were happy to hear about open spaces, greater access to the lake’s shoreline, preserved woodlands and wildlife corridors, along with family-friendly attractions that included a waterfront promenade, an amphitheater and a “destination playground.”Those features also had proven to be popula…

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The regional push toward “green” technology and adaptive re-use of older buildings is driving the newest downtown redevelopment project, as Roger Trettel wants to convert a historic building at Elm and South Division streets into a business incubator focused on environmental technology and energy.Trettel, owner of Revival Development Co., plans to renovate the 105-year-old…

NIAGARA FALLS – Mayor Paul Dyster, School Superintendent Cynthia Bianco, Rep. Brian Higgins, D-Buffalo, and other local officials took part in a ceremony Thursday that marked the official opening of a new playground in Gill Creek Park at Packard Road and Niagara Street.Half of the cost of the $91,000 project was supported by a block grant from the U.S. Department of Housin…

This was a tough week for naysayers who cling to the view that nothing has changed in Buffalo.Huge projects on the waterfront, at the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus and downtown have been on the march. But when LP Ciminelli unveiled a $70 million plan Monday to build 600 apartment units at the former Central Park Plaza in the struggling Leroy-Fillmore neighborhood, it was …

The transformation of a South Buffalo brownfield into a hub for clean energy manufacturing began when the city took a risk to purchase the land six years ago. Mayor Byron W. Brown is hoping a similar transition will happen at a large site on the East Side. An 11-acre former industrial property on East Delavan Avenue near Fillmore Avenue that has been underused and an eyeso…

Residents and business owners of the Fillmore-Leroy neighborhood will have a chance to see design plans for Central Park Plaza at 6 p.m. Monday in School 61, 453 Leroy Ave.LPCiminelli, the developer, will unveil its vision for the long-dormant site. Those wishing to attend are asked to reserve seating by calling 218-4698 or email community@lpciminelli.com.