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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…

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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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A pair of downstate affordable housing specialists have acquired two low-income senior housing complexes in Buffalo for more than $8 million from the holding company for the estate of Frank L. Ciminelli. RM & PSG Housing Development Fund Corp. and RM & PSG LLC on Monday paid $4.4 million for the Niagara River Basin Apartments at 24 Hertel Ave. and another $4 mil…

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LPCiminelli received Buffalo Planning Board approval Monday night for the second phase of its Highland Park Village project to convert the 27.1-acre former Central Park Plaza just east of Main Street into a new residential community. The construction contractor-turned-developer plans to build another 123 residential units just east of Holden Street, on the south side of…

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A proposal to double the size of a one-story retail building on Buffalo's East Side was nearly torpedoed Monday, after the property owner came under heavy fire for starting the work without first getting a permit and destabilizing his neighbors in the process. Ahmed F. Mohamed, owner of the Signature Apparel & Footwear building, wants to nearly double the size of hi…

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The owner of the Signature Apparel & Footwear building is seeking to win final approval as soon as Monday to nearly double the size of the one-story retail building at the angled intersection of Walden and Bailey avenues. Ahmed F. Mohamed wants to construct a 5,720-square-foot addition to the building at 592 Walden, allowing for four more storefronts. The project, w…

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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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Gigi's, the legendary East Side soul food restaurant that closed after a devastating fire over two years ago, is going to reopen – a little more than a mile from its former site. Darryl Harvin, the owner of the longtime East Ferry Street eatery, was selected Tuesday by the Buffalo Urban Development Corp. to operate a full-service kitchen and café at the new Workforce Tr…

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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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The doors are locked at the old Taste of Life restaurant in Buffalo, where an unshoveled sidewalk near the Sycamore Street doorway forces people to trudge through the snow as they walk by. Letters fall like plastic leaves from a sign that once reminded passersby of the chance to try steak, roasted fish or the restaurant's famous wings. A spontaneous memorial, assembled …

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A New York City-based national nonprofit provider of homeless and low-income housing is seeking to undertake its third project on Buffalo's East Side – and second in two years – to provide 60 more units of subsidized apartments for its core clientele. City officials are considering whether to name HELP USA's HELP Development Corp. as "designated developer" for one year …