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Want to learn how to weld? There's a new school for that. A new trade school called Craft Technical Institute has opened its doors, with its first open house slated for June 4 and classes expected to start soon. Led by school director Frank Daniel and educational director Renee Bowman Daniel, the state-licensed construction school offers a six-month welding-to-work prog…

Crime

An individual who allegedly shot at two Buffalo police officers early Thursday on the East Side been identified and is being actively sought by police, according to Buffalo Police Capt. Jeff Rinaldo. The individual was identified as 23-year-old Robert McBride. Rinaldo said McBride could be charged with the attempted murder of two police officers. McBride is consi…

Buffalo

A group of 10 banks and local philanthropic foundations – including M&T Bank Corp. and the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation – are pledging more than $8 million to support nonprofit organizations working on Buffalo's East Side, building off the state's recent commitment of $50 million to benefit the same impoverished areas. The partnership is creating a pooled investme…

Art

A portrait of Beverly Gray now hangs in the entrance of the Beverly Gray Business Exchange Center, based on a photograph of her standing in front of Buffalo's City Hall. Her head is held high, and she is looking upward into the distance. Fittingly, the artwork was created by an entrepreneur, the kind of person who can benefit from the building's mission. "She represe…

Buffalo

Just one month after opening its doors, the new Northwest Bank branch on Jefferson Avenue has a new owner for the real estate. Developers David Pawlik and Nick Sinatra, through 240 Kensington LLC, sold the freshly opened bank branch at 1228, 1242 and 1256 Jefferson to Carl Emmerling's 8418 Marshalling LLC, for $665,000. The 0.45-acre site features a single-story, 3,0…

Business

The East Side is finally getting more attention from the region's banks. For years, talk of banking on the East Side has centered on how there are too few branches, and too many check-cashing places and pawn shops filling the void. When a neighborhood is "underbanked," its residents are stuck with high-cost alternatives. Now there are signs banks are devoting more at…

Local News

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…

Buffalo

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…

Buffalo

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…

Buffalo

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…

Buffalo

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-…

Buffalo

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…

Buffalo

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…

Buffalo

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 …