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Ciminelli Real Estate Corp. is under legal fire over a major abandoned project in the Elmwood Village, as former property owner Donald J. and Lori Leone are suing to force the developer to finish paying off a property purchase. The Leones, who live in Florida, are accusing Ciminelli of fraud and breach of trust, claiming the firm refuses to complete the payments that ar…

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The family partnership that is buying five Elmwood Avenue buildings from Ciminelli Real Estate Corp. is now proposing to demolish three of them and erect a four-story apartment building. Whitesand Family LP — led by partners Don White and his stepson, Tom Sand — filed an application with the city to combine the lots at 1020, 1024 and 1028 Elmwood into a single 0.34-acre…

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Ciminelli Real Estate Corp.'s big apartment project proposal on Elmwood Avenue was a major source of controversy in the surrounding neighborhoods. But in the end, it may have been, well, just a reverie. More than than 30 months after acquiring 11 properties on Elmwood and unveiling a major redevelopment plan, the Buffalo-based firm has agreed to sell five of them – incl…

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The last of three Elmwood Village properties that Ciminelli Real Estate Corp. had put up for sale several months ago near the site of its proposed residential development project has finally been sold. A Watertown investment group bought the apartment building at 588 Potomac Ave. from Ciminelli for $250,000. The group, M&V Ventures, is registered to Michael Yonkovig…

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A pair of downstate investors have acquired two of the three Elmwood Village apartment properties that Ciminelli Real Estate Corp. put up for sale in October after the developer concluded they weren't needed for its controversial planned $40 million residential project. Matthew Hornstein and Maximilian Polsky, operating as M2 Acquisitions LLC, paid nearly $1 million for…

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A proposal by Ciminelli Real Estate Corp. to turn the former J.P. Bullfeathers' parking area on Elmwood Avenue into a commercial lot for Allpro Parking may be yet another indication that the developer's controversial proposed Arbor + Reverie development project isn't going anywhere soon. Ciminelli is seeking a variance from the city's Zoning Board of Appeals to allow us…