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The bright blue buffalo statues you may have seen in recent days at landmarks and events have lots to do with fighting cancer in the region. Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center announced this week that these “herd sightings” are part of a new grassroots fundraising campaign called Herd of Hope. The effort is a new take on the Herd About Buffalo public art projec…

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A Maryland-based real estate investment firm that specializes in multifamily apartment communities has taken over management of four Buffalo senior affordable-housing complexes. Capreit, which owns and manages more than $5 billion in assets nationwide, will take control of the communities, which are located within 4 miles of each other in the city, with a total of 373 a…

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The region could be getting another Tim Hortons. Ellicott Development Co. wants to build a 9,336-square-foot mixed-use building with a Tim Hortons Cafe & Bake Shop on the eastern edge of downtown Buffalo. The two-thirds-acre site, at 474 Michigan, is at the northwest corner of Michigan Avenue and William Street, and has been vacant for nearly 20 years. The planne…

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One of Buffalo's two startup cat lounges is hoping it won't need nine lives to win city approval. Jessica Brandon is seeking a special-use permit for a tavern and outdoor dining from the Buffalo Common Council to permit her to open up Purrfect Cafe & Gallery at 1507 Hertel Ave., with a sidewalk patio. The restaurant, which would be located in one half of the buil…

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Fannie Mae is seeking to foreclose on the Towne Gardens residential community just east of downtown Buffalo after its Brooklyn-based owner defaulted early this year on an $11.5 million loan. According to documents filed in state Supreme Court in Erie County, the national mortgage finance company – known as a government-sponsored enterprise – is asking to seize the 360-u…

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Two schools – a charter school and a college – are looking to refinance some of their bonds issued by the Erie County Industrial Development Agency to lower their interest expenses. Global Concepts Charter School is asking the Erie County Industrial Land Development Corp. – an ECIDA affiliate – to issue $7.7 million in new tax-exempt bonds. The proceeds would be used to…

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A prominent downtown Buffalo building that is home to several federal government offices is being acquired by a Washington, D.C.-based real estate investment trust as part of a much larger purchase of 14 properties nationwide. Easterly Government Properties Inc. agreed last month to pay $430 million to acquire 14 properties with 1.48 million square feet that are 94 perc…

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People in Buffalo know just how small the local community can seem, especially the business world. Now everybody in a New York City courtroom does, too. Testimony last week by former LPCiminelli executive Kevin Schuler in the corruption case against Louis P. Ciminelli and three other defendants revealed the delicate and interconnected relationships between Buffalo de…

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Five people were rescued with only one minor injury Sunday afternoon, as a significant boat fire at Woodlawn Beach State Park brought out the U.S. Coast Guard, Hamburg firefighters and several good Samaritans. Coast Guard officials launched one of their small boats from Station Buffalo after receiving a report of a boat fire at 5:11 p.m., said Lt. Junior Grade Kyle Maxe…

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A 26-year-old woman told Buffalo police Sunday morning that she was assaulted in an East Side cemetery by an unknown person who stole her purse and ripped her shirt. The woman said she was walking through a cemetery near the intersection of Hazel and Rapin places just before 10 p.m. Saturday, as a shortcut on her way to the corner store, when she was suddenly attacked. …

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Helen Pilger finally got to use one of her Christmas presents this week, as morning grayness turned to sunshine during a two-hour tour of what some in Buffalo call the Millionaire Mile. More than a dozen mansions and other landmarks – most built in the two decades after the U.S. financial panic of 1893 – flank Medina sandstone sidewalks on this stretch of Delaware Avenu…