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A second new sports complex may be coming to Buffalo's First Ward and Valley neighborhoods, as the area along the Buffalo River southeast of the city's downtown is increasingly becoming an adult playground for a variety of sports and entertainment activities. Ellicott Development Co. this past week unveiled new plans for a $2.5 million Downtown Sports Complex, diagonal …

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Efforts to complete the second half of a major Northland Corridor project took a step forward when the Erie County Industrial Development Agency approved a package of tax breaks for the renovation, upgrading and equipping of the building. ECIDA gave its assent to $1.94 million in additional sales tax savings, on top of $2.32 million it already granted for the first phas…

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The Erie County Industrial Development Agency on Wednesday approved a package of $897,500 in property and sales tax breaks for a $6 million expansion project by a 37-year-old freight rail car manufacturer based in West Seneca. Ebenezer Railcar Services wants to more than double the size of its facility at 1005 Indian Church Road. The employee-owned company has a 67,462-…

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A $3 million warehouse project in Cheektowaga for a growing Chicago-based building materials supplier and distributor is getting more than $320,000 in tax breaks from the Erie County Industrial Development Agency. The IDA on Wednesday approved $323,250 in property, sales and mortgage recording incentives for Column Development, which wants to build a 45,000-square-foot …

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A Buffalo manufacturer of chocolate-making molds, packaging and machines is getting a $1.12 million low-interest loan through an Erie County Industrial Development Agency affiliate so it can expand its showroom and add production equipment. The Buffalo and Erie County Regional Development Corp. will extend the 7.5-year, 4 percent loan to Tomric Systems, which is owned a…

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A chain-link fence surrounds Amherst's first skate park, a vast series of deep concrete bowls and other challenging features poured into a parking lot behind the Northtown Center rink complex. But the park, nearly six years in the making, will open to skateboarders, BMX riders and in-line skaters early next month. The park is a gift to the community, and it is a livi…

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A group of nine real estate investors led by architect Steven Carmina and developer Roger Trettel are hoping to get tax breaks from the Erie County Industrial Development Agency to help them turn six vacant properties in the Michigan Street African American Heritage Corridor into a mixed-use project. The group, dubbed Michigan Broadway, plans to convert four buildings o…

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Rich Products Corp. is considering how to get more involved in the redevelopment of Niagara Street. The Buffalo-based maker of Coffee Rich and other nondairy products re-acquired its former Buffalo plant property earlier this year, and is now seeking permission from the city Preservation Board to demolish the old buildings on the site. The 3.67-acre property is located …

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The local developers seeking to renovate the historic former Pierce Arrow Administration Building and a related warehouse in North Buffalo are now seeking tax breaks to help the $34.5 million project succeed. Dr. Gregory F. Daniel's Nidus Development and investor Joseph Hecht plan to turn the largely vacant, 190,000-square-foot complex into apartments, a restaurant and …

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Moving day has been a moving target when it comes to combining Buffalo’s police and fire headquarters under one roof inside the former Michael J. Dillon Federal Courthouse on Niagara Square. It was supposed to happen in September 2017. Then it was set for this month. Now the target date is late fall. But not only has the move-in date changed, so has the price t…

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Seneca Street is finally seeing better days. After decades of neglect, the heart of the South Buffalo commercial district is getting new attention and investment. Investors, developers and residents are purchasing and renovating old buildings, particularly the two-story structures that line the street, as well as some old churches. They're sprucing up building fac…

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A $14.4 million hotel planned at Amherst's Northtown Center ice rink complex has won $1.15 million in tax breaks, overcoming objections that the project doesn't qualify for incentives. The Amherst Industrial Development Agency board of directors on Friday morning voted 6-1 to approve Uniland Development Co.'s request for assistance following more than an hour of discuss…

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Two big development projects at Gates Circle and Waterfront Village received key variances from the Buffalo Zoning Board of Appeals, enabling them to proceed toward final approval, but a third one in the Elmwood Village was shot down amid neighborhood and political opposition. The board backed variance requests for townhouse projects by Uniland Development Co. on the Pa…

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A West Side community organization known for its advocacy on behalf of low-income and minority residents of Buffalo has completed a $14.8 million redevelopment of a former city school into a new community hub, anchored by affordable senior apartments and powered by the sun. PUSH Buffalo – whose acronym stands for People United for Sustainable Housing – unveiled the reno…

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Contractors for developers Karl Frizlen and Jason Yots are preparing to start work this month on their conversion of the former New York Central Railroad freight house building into a mixed-use project, but the significant deterioration in the building is making the project much more complicated than originally envisioned. Frizlen said Wednesday that BRD Construction, w…