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Eight years after buying the abandoned Statler Towers out of foreclosure, owner Mark Croce is now planning to spend $3 million on a series of exterior repairs and renovations as part of a comprehensive restoration of the building's first two floors. Plans filed with the Buffalo Preservation Board show that Croce's Statler City LLC wants to remove elements of the buildin…

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Shea's Performing Arts Center is taking the first steps toward putting up a five-story addition to its primary theater to make it more accessible by adding two new elevators, expanded concessions and more office space. The organization that operates Shea's Buffalo Theatre wants to put the structure on a parking lot at 439 Pearl St., just south of the theater building an…

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Krog Corp. is planning to demolish an old laboratory building that was used by ExxonMobil Corp. as part of its environmental cleanup and reuse of the Elk Street site. The Orchard Park-based industrial developer received approval from the city Preservation Board Thursday to allow it to tear down the 3,000-square-foot building on the Buckeye Terminals property, located at…

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Developer Rocco Termini wants to demolish an old concrete-block warehouse on Chandler Street in the city's Black Rock neighborhood as he continues his redevelopment of the longtime industrial zone into a new business incubator hub. Termini, through his Signature Development Buffalo, is seeking Buffalo Preservation Board approval to tear down the 4,500-square-foot struct…

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The owner of Schuele Paint and Ace Hardware stores on Summer Street got a green light from the city's Planning and Preservation boards for his proposal to construct a one-story addition to the hardware store to allow more space for the retail business. Paul Leahey wants to take down an old greenhouse at 85 Linwood Ave. – on a lot adjacent to his business – and replace it …

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The owner of Schuele Paint and Ace Hardware stores on Summer Street in Allentown wants to use an adjacent property to construct a one-story addition to the hardware store to allow more space for the retail business. Paul Leahey is seeking Buffalo Preservation Board approval Thursday for the $300,000 project, which entails taking down an old greenhouse at 85 Linwood Ave. a…

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A decrepit former used car parts building on a 6-acre East Side lot is slated for demolition, after the Buffalo Preservation Board on Thursday declined to take a stance. Empire Building Diagnostics wants to tear down a one-story garage and car repair facility at 837 Bailey Ave., in one small part of a larger grass-covered lot. Formerly J&J Auto Parts, the cement-…

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Verizon Communications is dialing up its investment in downtown Buffalo, planning a nearly $7 million exterior restoration and repair to its primary office building at the corner of Church and Franklin streets. The New York City-based telecommunications giant wants to undertake a thorough renovation of the facades of the complex, which includes a 16-story tower construc…

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A one-story brick and sheet-metal portion of a larger warehouse and storage building in South Buffalo is being targeted for demolition, as the Orchard Park developer that owns the complex seeks new tenants for the larger space. Peter Krog's Krog Corp. is seeking approval from the Buffalo Preservation Board to take down a ramshackle 6,000-square-foot white addition that …

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As construction crews seek to finish work on the new Labatt House building in the Cobblestone District, Pegula Sports & Entertainment is getting ready to put up the brightly lit signs that will proclaim it as the new home of Labatt USA, a test brewery and a restaurant. But first, the company owned by Terry and Kim Pegula needs approval from the Buffalo Preservation …

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Two Elmwood Avenue restaurant buildings at nearly opposite ends of the city are facing demolition requests this week as part of a pair of unrelated redevelopment projects by William Paladino, Nick Sinatra and Uniland Development Co. Paladino's Ellicott Development Co. and Sinatra & Co. Real Estate are seeking permission from the Buffalo Preservation Board to tear do…

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After barely avoiding the wrecking ball several years ago, the last remaining building in the former Kensington Heights low-income housing community may be seeing its final days. The Erie County Medical Center is preparing to demolish the seven-story building at 1827 Fillmore Ave., after the public hospital acquired the derelict building and surrounding property from th…

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A proposal by developers Nick Sinatra and David Pawlik to construct a new healthcare facility on Buffalo's East Side has given way to the partners' new plan for a nonprofit office "hub" at the Jefferson Avenue site instead, after the original concept grew too big for the land. Sinatra & Company Real Estate and Pawlik's Creative Structures Services had teamed up in e…

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A premature demolition of part of the former Schoellkopf Aniline & Chemical Co. property on Elk Street disqualified a proposed redevelopment project from receiving historic tax credits, leading the developer to change plans and take down more of the building instead of reusing it. Jon Williams and his Ontario Specialty Contracting are now seeking city permission to …

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Plans are advancing for a project to convert a longtime former synagogue in North Buffalo that later became a church into apartments, as the developer behind the venture seeks city approval to demolish portions of the building that aren't needed. Rocco J. DelGrosso, who owns the now-closed Faith of the Good Shepherd Chapel at 1235-1237 Hertel Ave., wants to turn the 63-…