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Is it time for condos in downtown Buffalo? Developers have been rapidly putting up new apartments in the city's core, seeking to fill a demand for urban living, while taking advantage of generous tax credits to finance the projects. Today, there are twice as many apartments in downtown's Central Business District as there were 10 years ago and developers are in the m…

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Note to crooks: If you're going to steal something from Buffalo Place, don't try to sell it back to a Buffalo Place employee who knows about the theft. Buffalo Place personnel notified Buffalo Police one day last month that someone had entered the concession stand at Rotary Rink without permission and damaged the door. Cash, an iPad, a point-of-sale machine, ice skates,…

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When it rains, it pours. But at least it's not snowing. The unusually mild winter so far has proven both beneficial and a little complicated for Buffalo Place maintenance crews, especially at Rotary Rink at Fountain Plaza. The warmer but wetter weather has meant less snow-clearing, making it easier for the nonprofit organization to maintain the downtown business dist…

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As easy as the city is trying to make it to pay for parking, it's apparently just as easy to forget. Buffalo Place, the nonprofit organization that runs the downtown business improvement district, has been updating its report on the availability of parking downtown, producing a map that shows where there are spaces and how much they cost. Officials distributed the lates…

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Have no fear. The city snowplows are here – at all hours. Morgan Smith, deputy executive director for Buffalo Place, was updating the nonprofit group's board of directors Wednesday about how its operations crew had performed a week ago when it was "put to the test" with the early snowfall. He noted that the workers "performed well overall," although "there's always room…

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The effort to bring car traffic back to Buffalo's downtown core on Main Street suffered a setback this week, after the city failed to win any federal money to fund the next round of construction work. Without the federal funding, local officials aren't sure where the money will come from. "We were disappointed," said Debra Chernoff, manager of planning for Buffalo Pl…

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Buffalo Place wants to expand the time that it patrols and maintains the city's downtown core, adding additional staff and extending hours into evenings and weekends as downtown gets busier. The nonprofit organization that runs the downtown business improvement district plans to hire one person each for its Rangers team and for operations. That will boost the hours for …

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City officials said Thursday they are now taking applications for small businesses wishing to participate in the Queen City Pop-Up Holiday Edition. The city initiative seeks to encourage the growth of new businesses and bring more small stores to downtown Main Street, by giving retailers an opportunity to test their products rent-free during a two-month trial, while put…

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Buffalo Place staff members have proven themselves adept at many tasks over the years as the nonprofit organization in charge of the downtown business improvement district has taken on growing responsibilities. The organization markets downtown, coordinates events and activities, maintains the streetscape and infrastructure, provides extra security, promotes new busines…

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A stretch of Main Street in downtown Buffalo is now eligible for additional state money to fund renovation and redevelopment projects in the business district. The Better Buffalo Fund's Buffalo Main Streets Initiative – part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's Buffalo Billion – has been used through three prior rounds to support projects in 20 commercial corridors in the city, inclu…

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Leaders of Buffalo Place are thinking about expanding the downtown business improvement district to cover a wider area of Buffalo's core, as the city makes new investments in streetscape and other infrastructure that could be at risk of deterioration if not regularly maintained. At the request of city officials, the nonprofit organization that runs the district has begu…

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What happens when you're a nonprofit in need of a credit card and better interest rates, and your board chair happens to work at a bank? Buffalo Place found out. The organization that runs Buffalo's downtown business improvement district decided last month to consolidate all of its banking business with Buffalo-based M&T Bank Corp., as the other financial institu…

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How’s this for an about-face? A group from a fast-growing Sun Belt city have come to Buffalo to see what’s happening here to revive downtown. For years, it was Buffalo officials who were trekking across the country in search of initiatives that succeeded elsewhere that could be tried here. But now, it’s a group from Jacksonville, Fla., who have flown to Buffalo to se…

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Buffalo real estate developer Carl Paladino wants Buffalo Bills owners Terry and Kim Pegula to locate a new football stadium in downtown Buffalo's Cobblestone District, not in a second option near the Perry Projects further east or in Orchard Park. Paladino, whose Ellicott Development Co. already owns a significant portion of land in the neighborhood, on Wednesday calle…

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Downtown Buffalo has picked up an extra 321 street parking spaces. City officials created the additional parking spaces by changing signage and other simple measures – easily exceeding the original goal of 200 new spaces, according to Buffalo Place. A report by the nonprofit business improvement district – which worked with the city – shows the new spaces are distrib…