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Duff's Famous Wings may be on its way to Elmwood Avenue. The Buffalo Planning Board on Monday night urged the Common Council to grant a special-use permit to enable Sinatra & Company Real Estate to renovate the former Casa-Di-Pizza at 471 Elmwood so that the Amherst wings restaurant can set up shop. No changes are planned to the building's exterior, but plans do …

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The new owner of a longtime South Buffalo bowling alley, restaurant and sports bar is seeking city permission to reopen the business as an indoor amusement facility. Alfred Castricone is applying for a special-use permit from the Common Council to operate Five Star Lanes at the former Recckio's Bowling Center, located at 2422 South Park Ave. The business would include l…

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For those times when you need a little wine after yoga class, Megan Leith might have the solution. Leith, of the Town of Tonawanda, has opened up a barre yoga studio in Allentown, called Barretend, where she hopes to do special events or special classes, with wine available afterward. She is seeking a special-use permit from the Common Council for a tavern license at…

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In an effort to spur more progress with the reuse project at Gates Circle, city officials are using a little-used section of law to form a special economic zone around the former hospital site, providing extra property tax breaks to the developer in exchange for meeting affordable housing and minority workforce goals. TM Montante Development has been working for several…

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A plan to reopen a neighborhood food store at the corner of Kensington Avenue and Suffolk Street suffered rejection by the Buffalo Planning Board Monday, after the Common Council member for the district voiced strong concerns and reservations about the project. Siomara Cheveres wants to restart the market at 1199 Kensington, where a business operated years ago. The p…

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The city Planning Board Monday night approved a 20,000-square-foot warehouse addition on the East Side to house two companies relocating from Niagara Street, as a Buffalo businessman seeks to bring three of his companies under one roof. William Breeser plans to construct a 100-foot-by-200-foot addition to the current facility at 680 New Babcock St., just south of Willia…

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A self-described "serial entrepreneur" who already owns a print shop and an asbestos-abatement company now wants to get into the entertainment field. Pharaoh Paige and business partner Carlanda Meadors want to reopen the former Arcadia Roller Rink at 30 E. Amherst St. as a "family fun center" called Zone One Entertainment Complex, offering bumper cars, laser tag and chi…

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A suburban Rochester nonprofit that serves people with intellectual and development disabilities has been selected by the City of Buffalo to redevelop a former East Side school into a 48-unit affordable housing apartment building. CDS Monarch, based in Webster, beat out four other proposals to win a recommendation by the city's Office of Strategic Planning as the "best-…

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A husband-and-wife team with a specialty clothing and accessories boutique store on Hertel Avenue is expanding into a broader "industrial artisan" workspace on Military Road, using a $25,000 grant it received as a finalist in the Ignite Buffalo competition in early July. Jodi Drew and Christopher Galley, owners of Spoke & Dagger Co. at 1434 Hertel, want to relocate …

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The Community Action Organization was all set to pursue its plans for an expanded Head Start day care operation and medical clinic on Riley Street. Then it met the neighbors last Thursday at a community meeting. "There was quite a bit of opposition to our plan, not the plan in general, but the location of the plan," said Jeffrey Hazel of Silvestri Architects, who is …

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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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Building on its past success with Riverbend and the Northland Corridor, the Buffalo Urban Development Corp. is taking another stab at cleaning up and creating a potential new industrial property primed for redevelopment – this time in Riverside. The city-affiliated agency purchased an abandoned former manufacturing facility with a century-old history, first as a sewing …

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Noco Energy Corp. wants to put in six new parking spaces and an access aisle on a single-family lot next door to its gas station and convenience store at the intersection of Elmwood and Forest avenues, to give customers more access to the business. Noco, through Elmwood Village LLC, is seeking a zoning map amendment from the Common Council to permit the new use for the …

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Splat! That's a sound that could be heard frequently in part of Buffalo's East Side – along with screams of excitement and the sight of very colorful outfits – if two young entrepreneurs succeed with their plan to open an outdoor paintball facility near the intersection of William Street and Fillmore Avenue. Partners Erik Hansen and Josh Burch, who also own a startup…

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The Buffalo Planning Board Monday extinguished a controversial proposal by six friends to convert an historic former Jersey Street firehouse near Kleinhans Music Hall into a microbrewery and restaurant. The group, Project X Holdings, wanted to renovate the vacant firehouse at 310 Jersey into a mixed-use concept with a 74-seat restaurant and brewery on the ground floor a…