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Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposed budget includes $50 million in targeted aid to help revitalize parts of Buffalo's East Side. The funding, which would be spread out over three years, would include funds to promote mixed-use development and walkable commercial corridors. The state would also spend money on cultural and historical sites. The proposal offered no details, bu…

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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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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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Buffalo police have released the name of the man killed Thursday night in a shooting on the city's East Side. Benjamin C. Babiak, 31, was shot at about 8:40 p.m. in the vicinity of Warring Avenue and Antwerp Street, just east of Bailey Avenue, between Doat and Genesee streets, police said. Babiak, of Cheektowaga, was pronounced dead at the scene. Police have not rele…

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A Tonawanda investor is moving forward with his plan to convert a longtime paper-box and jigsaw puzzle manufacturing facility into self-storage space, after acquiring the East Side property. Daniel Blanchard, through 459 Broadway LLC, paid $797,000 last week to acquire the 46,193-square-foot brick-and-stone building from Drescher Paper Box Inc. The sale includes 459, 46…

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A decrepit former used car parts building on a 6-acre East Side lot is slated for demolition, after the Buffalo Preservation Board on Thursday declined to take a stance. Empire Building Diagnostics wants to tear down a one-story garage and car repair facility at 837 Bailey Ave., in one small part of a larger grass-covered lot. Formerly J&J Auto Parts, the cement-…

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A regional veterans organization is moving ahead with a $28 million plan to convert a deteriorating former public school in Buffalo, plus 33 surrounding properties, into a new low-income residential community for former members of the U.S. military. The Western New York Veterans Housing Coalition, in conjunction with Norstar Development USA, is seeking state and federal…

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Evergreen Health on Wednesday formally opened the new Bailey Avenue location of its Community Access Services' affiliate, in a bid to make health care more accessible in the surrounding neighborhood while working to reduce the high rates of sexually transmitted infections in that area of the city. Located at 3297 Bailey, the new facility – which Evergreen is leasing fro…

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The Buffalo Urban Development Corp. on Tuesday approved two additional contracts for the second phase of the Northland Corridor build-out project for Buffalo Manufacturing Works, while also extending its own lease for shared space with the Erie County Industrial Development Agency. BUDC's board backed the hiring of C.J. Brown Energy for commissioning services to ensure …

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An East Side religious congregation founded by Burmese refugees won city approval this week to construct an assembly hall to accommodate weddings, fellowship events and other programs for its growing membership. The Karen Baptist Church plans to erect a 2,800-square-foot brick-faced wood building on part of its 1.08-acre property at 3012 Bailey Ave., at the corner of Ha…

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Imagine an excavator on a construction site operating quietly, instead of noisily spewing cough-inducing emissions. Jon Williams' renewable energy start-up, Viridi Parente, has developed engine technology that performs that way, and he is hoping more customers will adopt it. Williams' company on Wednesday showcased its progress, inside a former American Axle & Md…

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An East Side Baptist church is going to double the size of its William Street facility, transforming its existing space into a multipurpose area while adding a new sanctuary for growing attendance. First Calvary Missionary Baptist Church received approval Monday from the Buffalo Planning Board to construct a two-story, 16,658-square-foot sanctuary in back of the existin…

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First Calvary Missionary Baptist Church wants to more than double the size of its William Street facility with a new multipurpose space and sanctuary for its growing attendance. It is seeking Buffalo Planning Board approval to convert the existing 10,000-square-foot brick church at 467 William into a "Family Life Center" to be used for events, youth church services and …

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A company specializing in making lithium-ion battery packs and electric drive systems for heavy construction machinery is bringing manufacturing back to the vacant American Axle & Manufacturing facility on Buffalo's East Side with more than $7 million in public and private financing. Viridi Parente Inc., which calls itself a "fuel and engine company for the new cent…

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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…