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Is it time for condos in downtown Buffalo? Developers have been rapidly putting up new apartments in the city's core, seeking to fill a demand for urban living, while taking advantage of generous tax credits to finance the projects. Today, there are twice as many apartments in downtown's Central Business District as there were 10 years ago and developers are in the m…

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A Buffalo man convicted of dealing fentanyl has been sentenced to 70 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford, U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy Jr. announced. Prosecutors said undercover officers conducted controlled purchases of the drug from Luis Matias, 29, in July 2017, after investigators determined that he was distributing large quantities of but…

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A ceremony at 10 a.m. Friday will celebrate the grand opening of the Russell J. Salvatore Atrium – the new entrance to Erie County Medical Center. The entrance, with its sweeping glass facade and its large open area, was named for the 86-year-old restaurateur and philanthropist following his $1 million donation to ECMC in 2017. Part of a $100 million program of const…

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The Buffalo Planning Board on Monday gave the green light to the Elmwood Crossing proposal to put up 20 for-sale townhomes on West Utica Street – despite vociferous last-ditch appeals by neighbors and preservationists to delay action because they say a house on the property merits historic protection. But while Sinatra & Company Real Estate and Ellicott Development …

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In multiple ways, the timing last week for a conversation with Pete Chaston was, well, absolutely golden. Friday's snow day for Buffalo schoolchildren was a flashback to what impressed Chaston about this region almost 40 years ago, until the former Rochester meteorologist and big snow enthusiast left to forecast weather in Kansas City. His football loyalties gradually s…

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Angelo Natale has a "historic" problem. Construction is underway on his $5.6 million conversion of a Niagara Street manufacturing building into office space and apartments, with a completion expected by summer. But the funding has a gaping hole, because the project failed to qualify last year for state and federal historic tax credits that could have covered as much …

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It was a secret to all but a few people with long memories in the Town of Amherst. In 1964, crews working to build a new roadway on the University at Buffalo’s Main Street campus dug up several graves. What was all but forgotten was where the remains were unceremoniously reburied. In two locations on and near Amherst’s Audubon Golf Course. Now, the town is figurin…

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The Western New York Land Conservancy has received two major grants to protect the College Lodge Forest, located in Chautauqua County near Fredonia. The grants – $150,000 from the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and $203,000 from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – bring the combined amount raised to nearly $400,000. The conservancy…

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From Ange Coniglio's earliest West Side memories, Canada never felt like another country. Born in 1936, he grew up at West Avenue and Breckenridge Street, his front door a few minutes away from the Niagara River and the childhood pull of all the mysteries on the other side. He was only 7 when his dad was killed by a hit-and-run driver at West Ferry and Niagara streets. …

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An Orchard Park man accused of driving drunk in a September crash that killed his brother's girlfriend pleaded guilty Friday in State Supreme Court to one count of vehicular manslaughter. Daniel W. Witczak, 33, was driving under the influence of alcohol at around 5:30 a.m. Sept. 15 when he crashed his vehicle on Southwestern Boulevard in West Seneca. Police who responde…

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The cities of Buffalo and Niagara Falls will receive significant state grants toward programs to assist their housing code enforcement programs and help low- to moderate-income homeowners who are unable to make repairs to fix code violations. State Attorney General Letitia James announced the funding Friday in Niagara Falls City Hall. Buffalo will receive $953,983 to…

A March 24 public vote has been set following the Pioneer Board of Education's approval of a $21.2 million capital improvement project at a Feb. 4 meeting in Yorkshire, The proposed project would focus largely on Pioneer High School. Replacing the roof for $6.3 million would be the biggest expense. Redesigned physical education locker rooms original to the 50-year-old b…

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The Chinese owners of the AM&A's building in downtown Buffalo have brought in more than $2 million in additional foreign capital to their redevelopment effort, providing more reassurance to their lender and tax credit investor on the project. Queens, N.Y.-based Landco H&L, a group of investors from both the United States and China, is in the midst of a $60 milli…

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New York City real estate investor Anthony Kissling has completed the sale of another piece of his empire to the Wynn brothers of Toronto. Gold Wynn Residential USA, through Gold Wynn Delsan Court LLC, paid $8.74 million on Tuesday to acquire the Hertel Homes apartment complex from Kissling. The deal was actually part of the Wynns' original purchase in January 2019 o…