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A well-known onetime giant freezer building near the First Niagara Center and Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino will become apartments, offices and a restaurant with a banquet room, under a proposal by Ellicott Development Co. that will come before city planners next month.Ellicott wants to convert the eight-story Coffee Rich building at 199 Scott St. into a project that could b…

First Niagara Financial Group Inc. is expected to announce today that for $1, it has given the University at Buffalo a parcel of land on Main Street for construction of a new medical school.The 0.85-acre parcel at 973 Main, where a First Niagara retail bank branch is currently located, is the last of three properties UB is acquiring downtown for the project. Officials appr…

Buffalo

The $100 million medical office building proposed for the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus is getting its tax breaks after all.The Erie County Industrial Development Agency on Monday approved $4.2 million in tax breaks for the project, a month after the agency’s board delayed a vote to provide incentives for what critics called a “glorified medical office” that didn’t requir…

Amherst

In the past two days, the developers of a controversial six-story suburban hotel project have gotten everything they wanted – except for good will. They’ve gotten plan approval. They’ve gotten $1.4 million in tax breaks. As far as the Town of Amherst is concerned, little stands in the way of a spring groundbreaking.But that’s very likely to change despite Iskalo Developmen…

Amherst

The controversial, six-story Hyatt Place project won its second major victory in less than 12 hours today, with the Amherst Industrial Development Agency approving more than $1.4 million in tax breaks for the development.The approval of the tax breaks, which came in a 4-3 vote during an unusually long two-hour meeting, came after just hours after the Amherst Planning Board…

It’s been a long time since members of the Amherst Town Board were screamed at, but Monday night’s meeting definitely counted as a screaming and yelling affair. Some worried meeting observer, apparently, even called the police.Frustrations surrounding the controversial Hyatt Place project led opponents to jeer and boo from the audience. Supervisor Barry Weinstein was calle…

Buffalo

The former Sheehan Hospital building on Michigan Avenue has a new owner, an updated mission and a new name.Now called Compass East, the eight-acre site will focus on job training, heritage tourism, health care and medical research.The new name and expanded mission were unveiled at an open house Friday afternoon inside the 270,000-square-foot building, which was purchased i…

Buffalo

The City of Buffalo on Friday officially transferred ownership of the Webster Block to the Buffalo Sabres, which will put $2.2 million in the city’s general fund. Cliff Benson, Sabres’ chief development officer, assured Mayor Byron W. Brown that the check would clear, saying, “We have good financial backing.” Brown and Benson attended a signing ceremony in the lobby of Fir…

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Recruiting top doctors and medical researchers to Buffalo is not unlike the Bills or Sabres going after blue-chip free agents.Buffalo may not be high on their list of destinations – or on their list at all – when bigger, warmer or more lucrative markets are out there.Buffalo? thought Dr. Andrew Talal.Dr. Gil Wolfe was hesitant, too.And Dr. John Tomaszewski was sure Buffalo…

Food trucks at Canalside?That’s what the Common Council will consider as part of a larger discussion about mobile vending in the city, North Council Member Joseph Golombek says.Legislation providing for food truck permits expires April 1, and changes to district boundaries that affect truck operation and permit fees and conditions will be dealt with comprehensively, Golo…

Buffalo

Prime waterfront land that sits east of Templeton Landing near the entrance of the Erie Basin Marina has been vacant for decades, while City Hall has entertained various proposals and conducted intense bidding wars for the chance to develop it. Now, within a week of Mayor Byron W. Brown's announcement that Carl P. Paladino's development company has a plan to construct a 14…

Amherst

A decision by the Amherst Zoning Board of Appeals to approve all nine variances for the controversial Hyatt Place hotel project at the Youngmann Highway-Main Street interchange has surprised some town officials and dramatically increased the chances that the $15 million, six-story hotel will receive final approval from the town next month.The existing site plan for the pro…

An attempt by an Amherst council member to place a temporary halt to all six-story building construction in Amherst was soundly defeated, but not before some heated debate and audience participation on the topic at Monday night's board meeting.Council Member Mark Manna put forth a resolution calling for the town to place a moratorium on the approval of any projects greater…

Carl Paladino's plan for a hotel, apartments and office space on the waterfront that was passed over six months ago has been brought back to life by Mayor Byron W. Brown. Paladino and his business partners will construct a 14-story complex hosting a hotel, apartments, office space, spa, pool, banquet facilities and two restaurants on a prime piece of land owned by the Buff…

Buffalo

For a 30-year-old waterfront parking lot, things are moving fast. One year after Mayor Byron W. Brown made development of the city-owned Webster Block the centerpiece of his State of the City address, the Buffalo Sabres have secured every approval they need and are poised to spend $172.2 million to create a magnet for hockey lovers, complete with indoor ice rinks, a hotel …