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Developer Jake Schneider is hoping to make some sweet music with his newest apartment venture. Three months after buying the Community Music School in the Elmwood Village, Schneider is fine-tuning plans to convert the three-story building into the Musical Suites. The developer wants to renovate the 14,000-square-foot structure at 415 Elmwood Ave., while constructing …

Buffalo

The developers behind the planned $120 million conversion of the former Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo campus into Elmwood Crossing are hoping to be underway with significant construction on multiple projects next year, a senior official with one of the companies said Monday. Sinatra & Company Real Estate and Ellicott Development Co. are already proceedi…

Festivals

Coles on Elmwood is one of the bar-restaurants where most Buffalonians have a memory. After all, it's been there forever. Maybe you were a local college student, squished between dozens of peers on a Thursday night, trying in vain to maneuver your way to the bar, trying all sorts of tactics to get the bartender's attention. Maybe you're a classy adult, rolling in for…

Buffalo

Lloyd Taco is finally set to come home. During a Monday press conference about the political controversy Lloyd Taco has become a part of for the past week, co-owner Pete Cimino said the company will be opening its third brick-and-mortar restaurant in the Elmwood Village. He did not offer an exact location or opening date, but said the restaurant would be on Elmwood A…

Gusto

Name: Therese Deutschlander, 38. Who she is: Owner of Thin Ice gift shop, 719 Elmwood Ave., which opened in 2006 and specializes in one-of-a-kind handmade jewelry, pottery, home decor and more from 200 local and regional artists; president of the Elmwood Village Association; founding member of the Elmwood Strip merchants group. The Lancaster native graduated from SUNY B…

Food and Drink

Cecelia's Ristorante, an Elmwood staple for 18 years, will close after Sunday brunch. The Elmwood Avenue restaurant announced the news on Instagram Saturday. The restaurant mixed martinis and Italian food. Its front patio was a popular summertime destination, especially for brunch. In 2001, Just Pizza owner Rudy Alloy opened Cecelia's as a fine-dining alternative …

Buffalo

Community members had a chance Monday to weigh in on two major development projects along Elmwood Avenue — and they didn't take it. The Buffalo Planning Board held public hearings about the Albright-Knox Art Gallery's proposed expansion and the planned conversion by Ellicott Development Co. and Sinatra & Company Real Estate of the former Women & Children's Hospi…

Buffalo

Ellicott Development Co. has acquired a pair of investment properties in the Elmwood Village and Allentown neighborhoods, with hopes for eventual projects on both sites. The Buffalo-based real estate developer, owned by Carl and William Paladino, paid $1.1 million this week through 339 Ganson Group to buy the two-story P.L.U.M. Works building at 138 Allen and 71 Park St…

Buffalo

Ciminelli Real Estate Corp. is under legal fire over a major abandoned project in the Elmwood Village, as former property owner Donald J. and Lori Leone are suing to force the developer to finish paying off a property purchase. The Leones, who live in Florida, are accusing Ciminelli of fraud and breach of trust, claiming the firm refuses to complete the payments that ar…

Erie County

After a terrible couple of days for one of Buffalo's most well-traveled blocks, there is a small but significant reason to smile. Burt and Loni have been found. Burt and Loni are the cats of Michael Bernhardt, who lives at 1076-1078 Elmwood Ave., next door to 1074 Elmwood, which burned almost entirely following a massive fire early Wednesday morning. Bernhardt awo…

Local News

Buffalo Fire Commissioner William Renaldo confirmed Thursday morning that human remains had been found at the site of Wednesday's Elmwood Avenue fire. A police source earlier had reported human remains and clothing had been found at 1074 Elmwood Ave. Curtis Brown, 55, is the tenant who is unaccounted for. Renaldo said later Thursday that 90 percent of the remains …

Buffalo

The first thing Michael Bernhardt heard were panicked voices. When he opened his eyes, he understood why: Flames were coming from the house next door. “It was 2:30 in the morning – I heard people screaming," said Bernhardt of 1076-1078 Elmwood. "I woke up and saw the orange glow in my leaded glass windows. I opened the [second-floor] porch doors and the fire was in the …

Gusto

It was the first place I landed in Buffalo, in 1989, on a day-trip from SUNY Fredonia, where I was wrapping up my BA. In many ways, it has maintained its gravitational pull on me since. The Elmwood Strip – now known by a slightly more bougie moniker, the Elmwood Village, indicative of its upgrade from cheap-college-and-bohemian-artist lodgings to urban mecca, with most …

Buffalo

The family partnership that is buying five Elmwood Avenue buildings from Ciminelli Real Estate Corp. is now proposing to demolish three of them and erect a four-story apartment building. Whitesand Family LP — led by partners Don White and his stepson, Tom Sand — filed an application with the city to combine the lots at 1020, 1024 and 1028 Elmwood into a single 0.34-acre…

Crime

A man claiming to have a weapon robbed Cameron's 24 Hour Store early Wednesday morning, according to a Buffalo police report. The robber entered the store at the corner of Elmwood and Bird avenues – a building known for its "We Never Close" signs – at about 5:20 a.m. with his hood tied over his face and his hand in his pocket, according to the report. Though the assa…