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Actor Jesse L. Martin, who will be the commencement speaker for SUNY Buffalo State's Class of 2019, has taken part in classes on the college's campus before. He did so as a grade school student at the Campus School/College Learning Laboratory in the 1970s before going on to graduate from Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts. "As a child of the Buffalo Publi…

Buffalo

The Monarch 716 student-housing complex that was seized by the lender in a foreclosure last year will be going on the block next month to satisfy the $44 million debt that remains on the property. The 592-bed complex at 100 Forest Ave. will be publicly auctioned in the foreclosure alcove of Erie County Hall in downtown Buffalo at 10 a.m. on April 8, according to an orde…

Buffalo

A Tennessee investor has acquired a 27-unit apartment building on Grant Street that is located within walking distance of Buffalo State College. Eric J. Winstanley of Nashville, through 1067 Grant Street LLC, paid $1.35 million to buy the three-story tan-brick building, with red trim and window frames, that sits on the corner of Grant and Military Road, across from Aust…

Buffalo

DHD Ventures, the Rochester-based developer that built the Monarch 716 student-housing complex near SUNY Buffalo State, has lost possession of its sprawling 15-month-old property on Forest Avenue. A state Supreme Court justice in Buffalo last week approved a request by the lenders on the project to foreclose on $38.8 million in mortgage debt, authorizing a court-appoint…

Crime

A student resident on the SUNY Buffalo State campus Tuesday reported to University Police he was the victim of a strong-arm robbery in his residence hall. According to University Police, the robbery occurred at 2:15 p.m. when two people, along with three accomplices, entered the victim's room in Porter Hall and robbed him of his cellphone and a backpack. A second per…

Crime

A 31-year-old Buffalo man died early Wednesday morning as a result of a shooting near SUNY Buffalo State Tuesday afternoon, Buffalo Police reported. The shooting took place at around 3:40 p.m. inside a restaurant at Letchworth and Dart streets, the police and Buffalo State reported. Spanish restaurant La Casa De Sabores is at 1 Letchworth Street. The incident happened n…

Buffalo

The owners of the troubled Monarch 716 student-housing complex near SUNY Buffalo State are trying to stave off an imminent foreclosure on their project, asking a judge in Buffalo to give them more time to negotiate "alternative financing" that would pay off their loans and liens on the property. Thomas Masaschi, one of the principals behind Rochester-based developer DHD…

Education

The University at Buffalo attained all-time highs in the annual U.S. News & World Report ranking of national universities. UB moved up eight spots – to No. 89 – in the national university rankings, which were released Monday as part of the magazine's 2018 edition of "America's Best Colleges." UB was also among the top 50 public universities in the country for the…

Gusto

A West Side Bazaar kiosk known for its lotus cookies and bubble tea is becoming a restaurant near Buffalo State College. Gourmet Lao Foods is going to be opening on the first floor of the Campus Walk student apartment complex at 643 Grant St. Owners Vone Serixay and One Thammasithikoun, sisters from Laos, will be operating their first standalone restaurant. Its di…

Buffalo

There's new trouble for the owner of Buffalo's struggling Monarch 716 student-housing complex: A second similar large-scale complex aimed at a collegiate population is now embroiled in foreclosure. DHD Ventures – which is already facing foreclosure and numerous other financial, safety and public relations challenges in Buffalo – is now more than 90 days late on a $31.9 …

Gusto

If you're driving to see Beck at tonight's Rockin' at the Knox at the Albright-Knox, you will be able to park on the SUNY Buffalo State campus, according to a college spokesman. The college urges drivers who wish to park on the campus to enter from the Grant Street side in order to avoid traffic congestion. Available lots include G-20, G-21, G-22, R-12, R-13 and R-14. (…

Buffalo

The lender behind the Monarch 716 student-housing complex on Buffalo's West Side has started foreclosure proceedings against developer DHD Ventures of Rochester, seeking to seize the troubled property and even go after DHD's two principals personally. Acres Capital, which acts as an agent and adviser for three insurance companies, filed the first foreclosure paperwork T…

Gusto

A Dominican restaurant called La Casa de Sabores opened near Buffalo State College in late April. The restaurant, at 1 Letchworth St., is the first place in Buffalo specializing in the flavors of the Dominican Republic. Owner Carlos Cabrera was born in the United States to Dominican parents. He's tried Buffalo's versions of Caribbean dishes, such as the Puerto Rican …

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Troubles are mounting for the out-of-town developer of the Monarch 716 student-housing project on Buffalo's West Side, as the lead contractor on the project and two vendors have filed liens against the owner totaling more than $3.7 million. DHD Ventures, led by Thomas Masaschi of Rochester and Jason Teller of North Carolina, developed the 10-building complex over the la…

Dec. 1, 1921 – June 10, 2017 Audrey Morris, a retired Buffalo college librarian, died June 10 in the Mayflower Retirement Community, Winter Park, Fla. She was 95. Born in Buffalo, the former Audrey Britz was a 1939 graduate of South Park High School and earned a degree in elementary education from Buffalo State Teachers College in 1943. She returned to study at Hilbe…