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James Carpino can only hope his little girl remembers. From the top of his city a week or two ago, he pulled out his mobile phone and called his wife, Sharlyn, using Facetime. He asked her to hold the phone so their 4-year-old daughter Violet could see the screen. Carpino, 39, lifted his own phone and turned it in a slow circle, taking in the peak of Buffalo City Hall a…

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Canadian real estate investor and developer Harry Stinson has completed his long-awaited purchase of the Adam's Mark Hotel in downtown Buffalo, saying he paid $17 million for the Church Street structure. Nearly a year after signing a purchase contract –and more than nine months later than anticipated – Stinson, through Buffalo Grand Hotel Inc., acquired the 484-room hot…

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A retired executive chef and his wife have purchased the former Marco's Italian Deli business in downtown Buffalo's Genesee Gateway Building, where they plan to reopen a new sandwich shop, with a nod to Buffalo's history. Jim and Sandra Carlo late last week bought the equipment and other assets – but not the name – of the restaurant from owner Mark Sciortino, who wanted…

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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…

Ciminelli Real Estate Corp. next month will complete the previously announced move of its headquarters from its longtime offices in Amherst to Fountain Plaza in Buffalo. As of June 4, the firm will occupy 25,000 square feet on the fifth floor and half of the fourth floor of 50 Fountain Plaza, vacating the space at 350 Essjay Road in its Centerpointe Corporate Park. T…

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The property housing a longtime Burger King restaurant at the corner of Main and Utica streets has been sold by the franchisee company for $1.64 million. Syracuse-based Carrols Restaurant Group Inc. sold the 3,143-square-foot fast-food restaurant at 1358 Main St. to Blondie Buffalo LLC. The buyer is registered to the address of Riverbank Management, a real estate invest…

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Crews are nearing completion of the asbestos removal at the former AM&A's building in downtown Buffalo, but it took a lot more work and cost more than the New York City-based developers and their Buffalo contractors had expected. An investor group called Landco H&L is spending up to $70 million to convert the 375,000-square-foot vacant complex into a new hotel, …

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The apparent collapse of a negotiated contract to buy the five-story Tent City building in downtown Buffalo has prompted the longtime owner to put the historic structure back on the market again. Charles Kushner, who also owns the Washington Surplus Center retail business that occupies the ground floor, is seeking $2.5 million for the 122-year-old brick building at 674 …

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Paul Kolkmeyer has more than enough to keep him busy these days. The owner of Priam Enterprises LLC is seeking to restart work this month on his long-planned conversion of the former Marine Trust building in downtown Buffalo into a mix of high-end apartments, offices and a banquet center. It's part of a three-building project that marked Kolkmeyer's first big effort in …

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Downtown Buffalo's newest apartment address is now ready for tenants. After more than three years of work, Amy and Mark Judd will formally open their new Alexandre Apartments on Friday, with 12 new apartments and the Buffaloaf bakery in a seven-story building at 510 Washington St. The historic former Loew's Theatre Company warehouse building, erected in the 1920s and…

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Buffalo Place needs your input. The nonprofit downtown business improvement district is conducting a "downtown access" study with the City of Buffalo to figure out ways to make it easier for people to get downtown and be able to enter buildings and businesses. The group says that building managers, owners and real estate agents say they have a hard time finding tenan…

Two years ago, Buffalo Place decided it was time to more than double their Rangers security and escort program in downtown Buffalo, in recognition of the increased activity in the city's core, including among residents. The investment has paid off, officials said Wednesday. The nonprofit business improvement district organization increased its Rangers staff from thre…

Work is wrapping up on several state-funded downtown renovation and rehabilitation projects along Main Street, as Buffalo Place officials look ahead to the spring, when activity may pick up again. Board member Steven Carmina, a downtown architect and property owner on the street, told the rest of the Buffalo Place Board of Directors Wednesday that eight of 10 projects t…

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The president of Shea's Performing Arts Center is concerned about the limited availability of downtown parking for patrons, and particularly whether the recent reports of price-gouging by private lots will affect theatergoers. "There are people who get very concerned about the price of parking, and they express to us that it's not fair and very high for Buffalo," said M…

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In this regard, Michael Kless speaks for much of Buffalo. He is chief engineer at the Electric Tower, the Washington Street landmark owned by Iskalo Development. That means he has 14 floors worth of equipment and wiring to deal with every day, creating a building that to an engineer almost becomes a living thing. Yet this is no ordinary landmark in the city. Kless never…