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An Elmwood Village activist and frequent critic of development projects says the Gates Circle area isn't the blighted neighborhood that the city says it is, so he's suing to stop a developer from getting tax breaks on a major revitalization project there. Daniel Sack is suing the Buffalo Common Council in State Supreme Court, challenging its April 16 designation of the …

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What if the Buffalo Common Council held a public hearing on Mayor Byron W. Brown's proposed $508.6 million budget for 2019 and no one from the public showed up? That's what happened Monday evening. The Council waited 20 minutes and adjourned. "There are no speakers today. I hope it's because the mayor's budget seems to be rather conservative," said Council President …

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The proposed new marijuana-growing farm and manufacturing operation in South Buffalo took its first baby steps toward city approval Monday – even as company executives still await the State Legislature's action to legalize recreational use of pot across New York. Flora-California Prime and developer Zephyr Partners are seeking to construct what they call a high-tech can…

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Common members Rasheed N.C. Wyatt and Richard A. Fontana, along with city police and inspectors, will lead a pair of events this week for owner-operators of food-related businesses who need to renew an annual city license. All are welcome to attend. "We want to hear the good news as well as if there are issues, because we want to make sure we approve the licenses wit…

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With only three homes remaining up for sale in Colvin Estates, developer Marrano Homes is ready to start work on the next stage of a project that will build 74 new homes and more than double the size of Buffalo's newest housing neighborhood. But it also has to address some drainage problems that sent rats scurrying and caused flooding for neighbors on adjacent streets d…

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The Buffalo Planning Board Monday backed a request by Bethesda Community Development Corp. and Bethesda World Harvest International Church to create a new parking lot on vacant land nearby. The Board recommended that the Common Council approve a special-use permit allowing Bethesda to convert 0.08 acres of green space at 1356 Main St., next to Monro Muffler Brake, into …

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Visiting medical students from Italy will soon be able to call a former North Buffalo synagogue-turned-church as their "home away from home" for a few weeks during the summer, if a consortium of college professors achieves their goal. Chartered Professors, an educational company led by seven local college professors, wants to convert a Tacoma Avenue building into a host…

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A downtown street parking plan approved this week by Buffalo lawmakers has gone over like finding a bright orange envelope under the windshield wiper. The new plan includes: • Increasing rates at parking meters, in some cases to as much as $2 an hour. • The elimination of free street parking on evenings and Saturdays. • And the addition of more meters. Reba …

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A 12-year-old theater group wants to make its new home on Elmwood Avenue more permanent, after outgrowing its old home on Amherst Street. The American Repertory Theater of Western New York, led by executive director Matthew LaChiusa, already operates at the TheaterLoft space at 545 Elmwood – former home of the Ujima Theatre Co. – with permission from city officials. But…

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Almost two months after neighborhood resistance prompted it to pull back on its plan for a new day care and medical clinic on Riley Street, the Community Action Organization is back with the same proposal – but in a different location. This time, the nonprofit wants to put it exactly where local residents told them to. https://buffalonews.com/2018/07/30/community-act…

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City officials this month will review plans by the Community Action Organization to relocate and expand a Head Start program while also setting up a new primary-care doctor's office on the vacant site of the former Deaconess Hospital. The nonprofit wants to construct a new building at 563 Riley St. that would include a 34,000-square-foot early childhood facility and a 4…

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A religious group led by immigrants from Congo and other African countries wants to turn a former motorcycle club building in Black Rock into a church. The Christ for Nations, Nations for Christ Church wants to convert the building at 66 Peoria St., into a home for its congregation, which includes members from African countries and Haiti, as well as local residents. …

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A former church at the corner of Sycamore and Sobieski streets in Buffalo's Fillmore District will become a Halal market with an upstairs apartment, if the Buffalo Common Council grants a special-use permit. Junahid Ahmed wants to convert the vacant 2,015-square-foot building he bought at 1061 Sycamore into a mixed-use building, using the first floor to house his Sycamo…

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The owner of Louie's Foot-Long Hot Dogs on Niagara Street wants to add some seasonal outdoor seating as she seeks to expand her business. Elaine Baker has applied to the Buffalo Common Council for a special-use permit to allow her to put an outdoor patio with three picnic tables on the city sidewalk in front of her eatery at 1893 Niagara. The area would be roped off, bu…

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Six longtime friends – four doctors and two businessmen – thought they had a great idea for a side venture. Little did they know just how difficult it would be. The group of craft beer fans had a burning desire to create their own microbrewery and neighborhood restaurant, in a unique space in Buffalo. So they bought a vacant old firehouse on Jersey Street, near Kleinhan…