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While some of the region's biggest development projects have already wrapped up, there's no shortage of new construction and renovation activity heading toward completion in 2019 and beyond. The last few years have seen work completed on large-scale projects as HarborCenter at Canalside, RiverBend in South Buffalo, the Delaware North Building at 250 Delaware, and the ne…

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Who would have thought the East Side of Buffalo would be the next big frontier for redevelopment? Mayor Byron W. Brown doesn't think the area will be recognizable in five years. Common Council President Darius Pridgen never imagined construction cranes or two bank branches on Jefferson Avenue again — one built from scratch. And developers like Rhonda Ricks say cha…

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After decades of neglect, more than $250 million in redevelopment projects are underway on Buffalo's East Side, with more planned or in the works. From a smattering of projects along a big stretch of Jefferson Avenue to a couple of large ventures along Broadway and Fillmore Avenue, developers, businesses and government agencies are investing significant money in neighbo…

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Developers have completed environmental cleanups at five local project sites under the state's Brownfield Cleanup Program, positioning the properties for reuse with state tax credits, according to announcements from the state Department of Environmental Conservation. The projects include Chason Affinity Cos.' new four-story, 40-unit condominium project at 1111 Elmwood A…

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Barbara Maynor loves almost everything about her new home, with one rather large exception: The 7,000 tons of dirt and crushed concrete on land behind the Canterbury Woods development at Gates Circle. Maynor and her husband were among the first to move into the senior community when it opened on Delaware Avenue more than a year ago. They say they love their new apart…

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The developer behind the Crescendo apartment building on Niagara Street is now seeking tax breaks for a second project just across the street. Natale Development is requesting a package of sales and mortgage recording tax breaks from the Erie County Industrial Development Agency, to support its $5.6 million conversion of the former Aldrich & Ray Manufacturing Co. bu…

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Two big development projects at Gates Circle and Waterfront Village received key variances from the Buffalo Zoning Board of Appeals, enabling them to proceed toward final approval, but a third one in the Elmwood Village was shot down amid neighborhood and political opposition. The board backed variance requests for townhouse projects by Uniland Development Co. on the Pa…

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Contractors for developers Karl Frizlen and Jason Yots are preparing to start work this month on their conversion of the former New York Central Railroad freight house building into a mixed-use project, but the significant deterioration in the building is making the project much more complicated than originally envisioned. Frizlen said Wednesday that BRD Construction, w…

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A proposal by Ellicott Development Co. to demolish two aging duplexes in the Elmwood Village and replace them with single-family homes is meeting stiff opposition from neighborhood leaders, preservationists and a state lawmaker because the plan doesn't comply with the Green Code. Assemblyman Sean Ryan on Tuesday denounced the plan by Ellicott as another example of a dev…

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People in Buffalo know just how small the local community can seem, especially the business world. Now everybody in a New York City courtroom does, too. Testimony last week by former LPCiminelli executive Kevin Schuler in the corruption case against Louis P. Ciminelli and three other defendants revealed the delicate and interconnected relationships between Buffalo de…

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A Rochester-based construction company that has been in business for more than 145 years has acquired a Buffalo contractor to expand its Western New York business while bringing on a seasoned executive to run its new local office. The Pike Company Inc., a fifth-generation family-owned firm and one of the largest construction management companies in the Northeast, did no…

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With $4.5 million in state funding in place, work is now poised to begin by September on a planned new low-income senior housing community with 84 apartments on Buffalo's East Side. The $27.3 million Westminster Commons project calls for construction of a new four-story building at Adams and Monroe streets, with 76 one-bedroom and eight two-bedroom apartments. Thirty-fo…

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Buffalo's downtown housing market is growing at a healthy rate, but the city must keep the momentum going by maintaining incentives that spur more development. Those were some conclusions of a study commissioned by the Buffalo Niagara Partnership with support from the Buffalo Urban Development Corp. The study said downtown produced 262 new housing units in 2017, just…

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It's been more than two years since Ciminelli Real Estate Corp. was selected in February 2016 as the designated developer for a vacant parking lot on Ellicott Street. The city-owned lot, sandwiched between the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library and the bus terminal, had been identified by the Brown administration as ideal for a project to bring more residential un…