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A group of eight nonprofit agencies that formed a collaborative for shared space has received $1.45 million in funding from four local foundations to support their new partnership on Buffalo's East Side. The Western New York Human Services Collaborative will use the grants to help cover the cost of building out its new shared space at 1021 Broadway, where the eight agen…

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A Buffalo trucking and logistics company has acquired a warehouse and distribution facility at 2769 Broadway in Cheektowaga, paying $2.9 million for the 8.6-acre site. Speed Global Services, acting through Broadway Warehouse 2769 LLC, bought the 112,005-square-foot building from 2769 Broadway Partners LLC, owned by Thomas M. Tzetzo of Williamsville. The one-story bui…

Theater

Mark Kotzin is a regular guy from Syracuse, a communications specialist with the Civil Service Employees Association. He is also a father whose teenage daughter, Molly, is studying at the University of Pittsburgh, loves Broadway and dreams of a career in the theater. A few weeks ago, Kotzin had to travel to Manhattan for a week, for his job. Kotzin had time to kill at n…

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A Tonawanda investor is moving forward with his plan to convert a longtime paper-box and jigsaw puzzle manufacturing facility into self-storage space, after acquiring the East Side property. Daniel Blanchard, through 459 Broadway LLC, paid $797,000 last week to acquire the 46,193-square-foot brick-and-stone building from Drescher Paper Box Inc. The sale includes 459, 46…

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A longtime paper box and jigsaw puzzle manufacturing facility may soon be storing personal belongings, furniture, old records and other items for safekeeping. Daniel Blanchard of Tonawanda wants to spend about $1 million to convert the Drescher Paper Box facility at 459 Broadway into a new independent self-storage facility, with more than 200 climate-controlled interior…

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The owner of a Buffalo-based sales and distribution company with a broad array of consumer and commercial products is diversifying into a new business line: real estate development. Uzochukwu E. Ihenko, who started Uzo 1 International Ltd. in 1990, wants to redevelop an old industrial complex on the city's East Side into a new mixed-use project with residential, retail …

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A New York City-based national nonprofit provider of homeless and low-income housing is seeking to undertake its third project on Buffalo's East Side – and second in two years – to provide 60 more units of subsidized apartments for its core clientele. City officials are considering whether to name HELP USA's HELP Development Corp. as "designated developer" for one year …

Two women were victims in separate sexual assaults that occurred between Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning, according to Buffalo police on Friday. The victims included a teenager and a woman in her 30s, according to police. The first assault happened at around 8 p.m. Tuesday in the vicinity of the 300 block of Curtiss Street, when a teenage girl was walking h…

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Two local high school students are preparing for their Broadway debut. Rachel Kauderer and Joseph Russi will participate in the 2016 National High School Music Awards in New York City on June 27. They are two of 62 high school students from across America competing for the Jimmy Award for Best Performance by an Actor and Actress. The eighth annual ceremony will be held …

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It’s hard to find a Broadway musical that bears much resemblance to America. The Great White Way, aptly named and outrageously priced, is not especially well known for reflecting the remarkable diversity of the country in ways that transcend tokenism. That is, until now. That is, until “Hamilton.” The unlikely show by Lin-Manuel Miranda, now six months into an extraordi…

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NEW YORK – When you feel like death is just around the corner, nothing can stop you from getting what you want. That cursed feeling spurred Alexander Hamilton, the forgotten Founding Father whose relentless pursuit of success against impossible odds left a searing legacy on his adopted country, to greatness. And 200 years later, the same urgent drumbeat that echoed in Ham…

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When Jerry Mitchell, the director and choreographer of the hit Broadway musical “Kinky Boots,” was preparing the show for a presentation to potential investors in New York City, he had a last-minute stroke of genius.“I only had three pair of rehearsal kinky boots built,” Mitchell said in a phone interview about the show, which opens a six-day run Tuesday in Shea’s Performi…

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For several years, attendance numbers for Broadway productions have climbed to record heights. Now, the same thing is happening at Buffalo’s signature theater. In 2014, following year after year of broken attendance records, Shea’s Performing Arts Center saw a 7.5 percent bump in attendance for its Broadway shows over the previous year. That news comes on the heels of a …