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A San Diego-area real estate investment firm, known for buying convenience stores and other retail sites to support the monthly dividends it pays to its investors, has acquired two more 7-Eleven stores in Western New York for a total of $2.7 million. Realty Income Corp. of Escondido, Calif., paid $1.41 million for a store at 402 Delaware St. in the City of Tonawanda and…

Buffalo

Billionaire John Catsimatidis Sr., whose United Refining Co. was criticized earlier this year for owning and neglecting five vacant "zombie" gas station lots in Erie County, has completed a beautification of the second of those properties, located on Buffalo's West Side. The gas and convenience store operator, which runs the Red Apple and Kwik Fill chains, spent just sh…

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The repair of dozens of hazardous dams across New York State has a hefty price tag. Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli announced Thursday that municipalities may need to shell out a total of $360 million to patch up dams that could pose a significant flooding risk to residents. And the only dam in Erie or Niagara Counties classified as both high-hazard and unsound by DiN…

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A new report gives Buffalo and Erie County high marks as a tourism destination, but underscores the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center's shortcomings in drawing events and visitors. The results put more attention on the future of the Franklin Street facility – whether it should be renovated and expanded, or replaced in a new location. That is the subject of a separate st…

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Staged apartments. Fake loans and leases. And a woman who pretended she was a tenant but couldn't let inspectors into a bedroom because her boyfriend was "sleeping" there. The fraud charges leveled Tuesday against two Buffalo commercial mortgage brokers and two relatives of Rochester apartment mogul Robert Morgan shined a bright light on the underbelly of the murky worl…

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Developer Nick Sinatra said he has fully paid delinquent Buffalo and Erie County property taxes, approaching $1.3 million, after scrambling to make the payments at the end of last week. The owner of Buffalo-based Sinatra & Company Real Estate said he made payments to Erie County “as of the close of business” on Friday, even seeking to show the receipts to County Exe…

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The City of Buffalo returned the Market Arcade building to the tax rolls by selling it in 2014 to developer Nick Sinatra, who refurbished its interior and filled it with tenants. But his company owes $154,430 in city property taxes and fees on the historic Main Street building, according to city and county records. That's not the only property his companies are behin…

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Erie County Democrats want to close a loophole they say lets some contractors on county projects get work without adequately training new apprentices. They want to tighten requirements for apprenticeship programs on county-funded projects to require a graduation rate of at least 30 percent. But what appears to be a minor change in an existing law has drawn concerns f…

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Every year, Erie County residents kick in about $550,000 to fund the operations of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, plus about $60,000 toward the salary of a public art curator. This week, as it has done for the past four years, the gallery is showing its thanks to the county by waiving admission fees for a week for Erie County residents, from March 29 to April 5. "The…

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The annual Spring Flower Exhibit and 4-H Farm is underway at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, with more than 22,000 bulbs on display. The event began Saturday and continues through April 8. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission prices are $11 for adults, $10 for seniors 62 and over, $9 for students 13 and over (with ID), and $6 for children ages 3 to 1…

An agricultural company has acquired an Eden warehouse from a prominent family in the town, paying $2.566 million. Timac Agro USA of Reading, Pa., bought the facility at 8639 Depot St., formerly home to Eden Sanitation Service and Paul C. Laing Inc., from Laing Family Properties LLC. The 35,470-square-foot warehouse was built in 1906 on 0.81 acres. Timac Agro, which …

Health and Fitness

When Michael Kearns looked at the analytics of his 142nd Assembly District three years ago, he didn't like what he saw in terms of health and well-being. Erie County – including much of the Southtowns and Buffalo, which make up the district – ranked 54th out of 62 counties in the New York State health rankings. It would fall to 57th the following year. Despite ebbs a…

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Towne Automotive Group is growing again, acquiring the family-owned Schmitt's Audi Volkswagen dealership in Lancaster to add two new franchises and brands to its existing portfolio. Towne CEO Frank Downing Jr. did not say how much his group was paying to acquire the Schmitt's business, located at 5255 Genesee St. The acquisition, announced to employees this week, is exp…

Crisis Services, the nonprofit operator of the region's 24-hour emergency suicide-prevention hotline, has moved its offices to the Black Rock neighborhood, while selling its old building on Main Street to its new landlord. The agency, as of last month, is now ensconced in its new offices at 100 River Rock Drive, in a 51,000-square-foot building owned by Acquest Holdings…