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Ciminelli Real Estate Corp. on Friday completed its $2.325 million purchase of a downtown parking lot between the Central Library and the bus terminal that is slated to become the site of a $50 million affordable housing building with a fresh-foods market and wholesale store. The Buffalo-based developer bought the 375-space parking lot at 201 Ellicott St., capping off a…

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Ka-ching! The city of Buffalo has reaped nearly $4 million from a series of recent real estate sales involving a former city parking ramp, a former East Side public school and a vacant parcel of land in the Waterfront Village. They are among a host of deals - along with the earlier sale of Buffalo Police headquarters to developer Douglas Jemal that have been underway…

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A state judge declined to issue an immediate order blocking the sale of a city-owned parking lot in downtown Buffalo to Ciminelli Real Estate Corp. for a redevelopment project, rejecting the arguments by rival developer Rocco Termini that the loss of the parking posed an imminent threat to his Hotel @ the Lafayette and other businesses. But State Supreme Court Justice E…

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Developer Rocco Termini has followed through with his threat of legal action over the loss of a downtown parking lot, filing a lawsuit against the city and Ciminelli Real Estate Corp. in an effort to block the project. Termini – through his Signature Development Buffalo LLC and seven entities at his Hotel @ the Lafayette – sued Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown, the city's P…

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Ciminelli Real Estate Corp. is under legal fire over a major abandoned project in the Elmwood Village, as former property owner Donald J. and Lori Leone are suing to force the developer to finish paying off a property purchase. The Leones, who live in Florida, are accusing Ciminelli of fraud and breach of trust, claiming the firm refuses to complete the payments that ar…

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After years of planning – and weeks of debate – Ciminelli Real Estate Corp. Monday won the green light from the city for its plans for a new fresh foods market and more than 200 affordable apartments on a city-owned parking lot in Buffalo. The Buffalo Planning Board unanimously backed the proposal by the Buffalo developer to construct a 220,000-square-foot complex of tw…

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Ciminelli Real Estate Corp.'s proposal for a new affordable housing complex and fresh foods market in downtown Buffalo took a major step forward Monday night, after the city Planning Board determined that the project would not cause any harm to the environment, the neighborhood around it or the city's land-use plan. The board's action – over the strenuous objections of …

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CannonDesign, one of the region's leading architectural firms, is moving to downtown Buffalo after nearly half a century on Grand Island. The nationally known design firm plans to occupy just under 35,000 square feet of space at 40-50 Fountain Plaza, taking up the entire mezzanine level of the two-building complex, according to an industry source familiar with the move.…

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After more than two years of planning, Ciminelli Real Estate Corp. is taking the first steps toward obtaining city approval for its proposed affordable apartment building and fresh-foods market in downtown Buffalo. The Buffalo-based developer is planning to construct a 220,000-square-foot complex of two buildings on a 2.5-acre city-owned parking lot, located at 201 Elli…

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The family partnership that is buying five Elmwood Avenue buildings from Ciminelli Real Estate Corp. is now proposing to demolish three of them and erect a four-story apartment building. Whitesand Family LP — led by partners Don White and his stepson, Tom Sand — filed an application with the city to combine the lots at 1020, 1024 and 1028 Elmwood into a single 0.34-acre…

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Ciminelli Real Estate Corp.'s big apartment project proposal on Elmwood Avenue was a major source of controversy in the surrounding neighborhoods. But in the end, it may have been, well, just a reverie. More than than 30 months after acquiring 11 properties on Elmwood and unveiling a major redevelopment plan, the Buffalo-based firm has agreed to sell five of them – incl…

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Tops Markets won't be coming to downtown Buffalo after all. But Hamburg produce market operator Braymiller Market will. In a major change in plans for a major Ellicott Street project, the small Southtowns market known for selling fresh produce and specialty food items is replacing the Williamsville-based grocery chain as the anchor retailer for a new $50 million constru…

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Residential tenants at The Mentholatum apartment building on Niagara Street will now have an extra way to keep fit. Developer and building owner Ciminelli Real Estate Corp. said Fitness360, a locally owned and operated fitness center, has leased 1,800 square feet of retail space in the converted former warehouse building, located at 1360 Niagara St. on Buffalo's West Si…

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Buffalo Planning Board members approved a series of changes to Ciminelli Real Estate Corp.'s West End townhouse project Monday evening, but not before expressing their exasperation – not with the developer, but with the neighbors. Ciminelli officials returned for modifications to its $20 million proposal that was already approved in July, after four years of back-and-fo…

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Continued pressure from residents of the Waterfront Village brought the developer of a new condo project back to the negotiating table and drawing board, leading to a series of changes that are now up for review by the city. Four months after receiving approval for its planned West End condominium project, Ciminelli Real Estate Corp. is returning to the city Planning Bo…