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A two-year-old Buffalo charter school plans to relocate from its temporary rental space on Michigan Avenue to a boarded-up former public school building at the corner of Urban and Moselle streets, which it will redevelop into a permanent location for its K-8 program. Persistence Preparatory Academy Charter School is asking the city to approve a designated developer agre…

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The Queen City Landing project faces a long road ahead. No sooner did Gerald Buchheit file his revised plans for his ambitious apartment tower on the Outer Harbor than project opponents responded with renewed complaints, criticism and threats of more litigation to stop it. The nature of the objections are familiar. The project is too tall and large for the site. …

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The Buffalo Planning Board Monday night tabled a request by Queen City Landing developer Gerald Buchheit for a planned-unit development designation for his Outer Harbor project, with board members saying they had too many questions after Buchheit's lawyers flooded the board with documentation in anticipation of future lawsuits. Board members also said they had not recei…

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Developer Gerald Buchheit is preparing to seek approval for his revised proposal for the Queen City Landing apartment tower at the Outer Harbor, but first he's hoping to simplify the process by getting the project designated as a planned unit development. Buchheit, who owns the 20-acre peninsula parcel at 975-1005 Fuhrmann Blvd., wants the Common Council to approve a un…

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Less than a year after it bought a former Lifetime Health Medical Group building in downtown Buffalo, Uniland Development Co. is buying the city-owned parking lot that Lifetime had been leasing. The Amherst-based developer has agreed to pay $2 million to purchase the 125-space parking lot at 853 Washington St. from the city's Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency. The site is…

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The Buffalo Common Council goofed. City lawmakers on Tuesday forgot to include an amendment to the planned unit development designation that they approved for the Elmwood Crossing redevelopment project. That amendment, which had already been drafted, will be brought up for a vote at a special session of the Council at 2 p.m. Thursday. The amendment covers "public ben…

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When it comes to money, Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown knows exactly who's in charge. During the formal groundbreaking ceremony for Ciminelli Real Estate Corp.'s new West End townhouse project, the mayor noted that the new 20-unit development will add $336,000 to the city's annual tax base each year when it's completed in 2022. "Yes, I do watch those numbers, folks," h…

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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-…