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Despite his indictment on witness tampering charges, consultant Roger Stone was not shy about sharing his political views during a Friday visit to Buffalo. While acknowledging that he was also here to raise money for his legal defense fund, Stone declined to address any aspect of the case, brought by former special prosecutor Robert S. Mueller. Nor did Stone want to …

Buffalo

From the Niagara Thruway, Buffalo's Cobblestone District looks like a neighborhood with a handful of old industrial buildings, a large casino and a bunch of parking lots. But to Carl and William Paladino, it's a land of opportunity, ripe with potential for future development by taking advantage of underused sites. That's been the case for decades, but it's even more …

Buffalo

The prominent former downtown Buffalo headquarters for UNYTS has been acquired by Carl and William Paladino's Ellicott Development Co. for $3 million, giving the developer a major new footprint in the city's core. UNYTS - formerly Upstate New York Transplant Services - sold the one-acre property at 110 Broadway to an affiliate of Ellicott. The nonprofit agency moved las…

Bills

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…

Buffalo

Ellicott Development Co. expects to break ground by late fall on the newest phase of its redevelopment of the St. Paul Mall campus north of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, after the Buffalo Planning Board Monday approved the $40 million project. The Buffalo-based developer wants to construct a new nine-story building at 1091 Main St., with a six-story parking ramp a…

Buffalo

Feeling snubbed by the head of the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority, developer Carl Paladino has withdrawn his unsolicited offer to purchase much of the Commodore Perry low-income housing community in the Old First Ward and then absorb the $10 million demolition cost. Paladino offered in early May to buy and redevelop most of the low-income housing community near dow…

Buffalo

Developer Douglas Jemal's latest plan to expand One Seneca Tower's massive concrete design won approval from the Buffalo Planning Board Monday night, while Ellicott Development Co. got the go-ahead for a long-delayed new warehouse on Dingens Street. Jemal received approval in January for an addition and facade improvements to the west side of the tower complex's plaza l…

Buffalo

As Carl and William Paladino tackle their latest redevelopment project in downtown Buffalo, they're looking for help from the Erie County Industrial Development Agency. The father-and-son owners of Ellicott Development Co., together with investor Nancy S. Krieger, are seeking sales and mortgage recording tax breaks for their historic renovation of the former Buffalo Env…

Business

Frustrated with years of neglect, Buffalo developer Carl Paladino is offering to buy most of the Commodore Perry low-income housing community near downtown Buffalo for $1 to redevelop it into residential and commercial neighborhood on the sprawling site – near where a possible future new Bills stadium could be located. In a May 1 letter to Buffalo Municipal Housing Auth…

Buffalo

After months of delays, debate, changes – even a near defeat at the hands of the Zoning Board of Appeals – Ellicott Development Co. won city approval for its planned new Tim Hortons Cafe & Bake Shop project in downtown Buffalo. The developer, owned by Carl and William Paladino, plans to construct a two-story retail and residential building on a vacant site at 474 Mi…

Buffalo

Downtown Buffalo's fourth ground-up construction project in the last five years is now nearing completion, with Ellicott Development Co. preparing to open its 12-story hotel, apartment, office and retail tower at 500 Pearl in the next two months. Construction crews are finishing up work in parts of the gray-and-glass building, including the hotel rooms, residential unit…

TV

Weekend update: I criticized WIVB-TV (Channel 4) last week for not dropping its plans to have Jacquie Walker and Don Postles co-anchor the 6 p.m. Wednesday newscast from the Erie County Fair on the night of the Chris Collins indictment. The Collins coverage that night was anchored by Dave Greber in the studio, where Walker and Postles belonged. So I have come to prai…

Columns

We live in an angry time, when arguments and divisions often drown out reason. In such a time, you look for those rare and reaffirming moments when people offer unexpected moments of communion. Consider the tale of Alphonso Butlak IV, and his offer to shape Mercury's head. If you work in downtown Buffalo, you might be familiar with the sculpture of Mercury, messenger…

Buffalo

Ellicott Development hopes to complete its mammoth tower project on Pearl Street by September, officials said Wednesday. The downtown Buffalo project at 500 Pearl includes an Aloft Hotel and a host of banquet spaces. This winter's bitter temperatures and snow slowed progress by a couple of months on the nearly $70 million project, the Buffalo firm's largest-ever cons…

Columns

Sometimes there's a certain benefit in coming into a community from the outside. I'm a Western New Yorker by birth, but I haven't been around for the entire civic opera involving Carl Paladino, a guy I've never met. I wasn't here when he made the remarks last year that triggered the motion toward his state-ordered ouster Thursday from the Buffalo School Board, the momen…