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By the end of the fall, Medaille College soccer teams will be playing on a brand new field in an industrial area near South Buffalo. But college leaders say their new athletic facility is about much more than just the school's needs. The goal is to benefit the entire community, they say, including surrounding neighborhoods, area soccer clubs, nearby schools and even bus…

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A premature demolition of part of the former Schoellkopf Aniline & Chemical Co. property on Elk Street disqualified a proposed redevelopment project from receiving historic tax credits, leading the developer to change plans and take down more of the building instead of reusing it. Jon Williams and his Ontario Specialty Contracting are now seeking city permission to …

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Medaille College on Monday officially confirmed that it will be the anchor tenant of the planned new $4 million athletic complex that is now being developed by developer Jon M. Williams at the former Buffalo Color site on Elk and Lee streets in Buffalo. The new facility, dubbed the Medaille Sports Complex at Buffalo Color Park, will become the school's home field for pr…

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A second new sports complex may be coming to Buffalo's First Ward and Valley neighborhoods, as the area along the Buffalo River southeast of the city's downtown is increasingly becoming an adult playground for a variety of sports and entertainment activities. Ellicott Development Co. this past week unveiled new plans for a $2.5 million Downtown Sports Complex, diagonal …

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If Visit Buffalo Niagara should need a new marketing slogan, or even just an alternative for use locally, Jon Williams might have an idea. Minutes after Williams' South Buffalo Development LLC received Buffalo Planning Board approval on May 7 for a $3 million sports complex on Elk Street, the developer was talking up the exciting opportunities in the industrial area nea…

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A proposed athletic complex on Elk Street overcame vocal opposition from a corporate neighbor, winning its last formal city approval despite intense lobbying against it by a chemical company fearful of "soccer moms" and others complaining about odors. The Buffalo Planning Board gave its assent to the $3 million project by Jon Williams' South Buffalo Development to creat…

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Bad chemistry between a proposed outdoor soccer field for college students and an industrial neighbor put the goal of a proposed Elk Street athletic facility at risk, as objections by a longtime sulfuric acid manufacturing facility delayed approval of the $1.6 million sports project. PVS Chemical Solutions, a Detroit-based company that has operated a plant on Lee Street…

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The Common Council next week will review a plan by a Buffalo developer to create a new adult sports complex near the Buffalo River, providing a home for various team sports and a place for adults to get some recreation in the city. Jon Williams' South Buffalo Development LLC is working on a proposal for a Downtown Sports Center on 15.8 acres along Elk Street. That's …

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Michael Damico has dreamed for years of having a place in the city of Buffalo where adults could go for recreation, and to play some team sports. Now, the sports promoter and league organizer is about to make that happen. After nearly 20 years of coordinating football, soccer, softball and kickball games at various fields scattered through the city, Damico is leading…