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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…

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Another day, another dollar store. David Pawlik's Creative Structures Services is seeking to construct a new Family Dollar store on vacant land in the Fillmore District's Genesee-Moselle neighborhood. The plan by C&S Engineers calls for building a 9,100-square-foot store on the 0.97-acre lot, which includes eight separate parcels – 1750 and 1756 Genesee St., 10 a…

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A longtime paper box and jigsaw puzzle manufacturing facility may soon be storing personal belongings, furniture, old records and other items for safekeeping. Daniel Blanchard of Tonawanda wants to spend about $1 million to convert the Drescher Paper Box facility at 459 Broadway into a new independent self-storage facility, with more than 200 climate-controlled interior…

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The redevelopment of Jefferson Avenue is heating up, as a proposed new bank branch is moving forward just north of a planned new residential housing complex, while the developers behind both projects now have a new office building on the drawing board. Northwest Bancorp on Monday received an endorsement from the Buffalo Planning Board for its new East Side bank branch o…

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Two Gates Circle-area development projects that received initial city approvals a year ago are now back for renewals after their original clearance expired, as TM Montante Development and Morgan Communities seek to pursue a 60-unit apartment building while the owner of Sutton Development wants to convert a large former home into a boutique 10-room hotel. Montante and Ro…

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The Buffalo Common Council will review a proposed new restaurant in Allentown, after the city Planning Board Monday night gave its backing to the establishment called A Street Meatball Market. Dennis Glenn and Robert Burns, of A Street Industries in Tonawanda, want to open the 14-person sit-down restaurant and tavern, offering beer and wine sales, at 23 Allen St., conve…

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NORTH TONAWANDA - Tax rates will not rise and more than $1 million will be spent to improve roads and sidewalks. That's the message North Tonawanda Mayor Arthur G. Pappas presented to the Common Council on Tuesday, when he presented his 2017 mayor's budget. He said the key points were: a reduction of spending no layoffs no loss of city services below the t…