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Uzo Ihenko wants to boost an East Side neighborhood by renovating a century-old industrial complex on Broadway into a mixed-use project with workforce housing and commercial space. But he's finding it a lot harder to make the parking work. Ihenko – who owns Uzo 1 International Ltd. and Broadway Development & Management Group – wants to convert the former Ace Prin…

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Daniel Blanchard is still putting the pieces of his puzzle together. The developer of a new self-storage facility on the East Side, in a former paper box and jigsaw puzzle manufacturing facility, is now planning to convert an adjacent city-owned lot at 451 Broadway into a small parking lot and entry for his new business. Blanchard, who bought the former Drescher Pape…

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The owner of a Buffalo-based sales and distribution company, who is seeking to redevelop an old East Side industrial complex into a new mixed-use project, wants to convert three adjacent parcels into parking lots that he says are critical to the project's success. Uzochukwu E. Ihenko, who owns Uzo 1 International Ltd. and Broadway Development & Management Group, wan…

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After years of neglect, developers are once again giving their regards to Broadway. From the edge of downtown Buffalo to the neighborhood surrounding the Broadway Market, one of the city's primary routes through the East Side and into Cheektowaga is finally getting attention from several developers – albeit slowly. But it's extending the city's redevelopment boom int…

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The owner of a historic complex of buildings on Broadway is planning a historic renovation and reuse of the property that will also include a new structure to bring more residential, retail and office space to the Willert Park neighborhood of Buffalo's East Side. Peyton Barlow Co., which owns the former Pollack & Blakemore furniture store at 574 Broadway, wants to r…

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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…

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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…

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…