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TM Montante Development has completed its effort to clear a large pile of dirt and debris on the site of the former Millard Fillmore Hospital at Gates Circle. Dump trucks spent weeks loading and carting away more than 3,000 tons of crushed concrete from the site, fulfilling a promise made to residents, city officials and the leadership of Canterbury Woods, a senior hous…

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The U.S. Attorney's Office wants to seize two Buffalo apartment complexes as part of its criminal case against Rochester developer Robert C. Morgan and three other defendants. The Securities and Exchange Commission wants to freeze Morgan's assets — including an investment fund that holds a loan for Morgan's interest in a redevelopment project at Gates Circle. One com…

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An Elmwood Village activist and frequent critic of development projects says the Gates Circle area isn't the blighted neighborhood that the city says it is, so he's suing to stop a developer from getting tax breaks on a major revitalization project there. Daniel Sack is suing the Buffalo Common Council in State Supreme Court, challenging its April 16 designation of the …

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Bright red dump trucks from a local construction company began loading and carting away more than 3,000 tons of crushed concrete from the former Millard Fillmore Gates Circle Hospital site Thursday, much to the relief and delight of both city leaders and neighbors. Over the next few weeks, crews from Michael Serafini Inc. will be working from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on w…

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In an effort to spur more progress with the reuse project at Gates Circle, city officials are using a little-used section of law to form a special economic zone around the former hospital site, providing extra property tax breaks to the developer in exchange for meeting affordable housing and minority workforce goals. TM Montante Development has been working for several…

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The owner of the Canterbury Woods retirement communities in Amherst and Buffalo has sued the developer of the former Millard Fillmore Gates Circle Hospital for failing to complete a promised roadway and leaving an enormous pile of dirt and debris that disturbs nearby Canterbury residents. Episcopal Church Home & Affiliates filed a lawsuit in State Supreme Court in B…

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Barbara Maynor loves almost everything about her new home, with one rather large exception: The 7,000 tons of dirt and crushed concrete on land behind the Canterbury Woods development at Gates Circle. Maynor and her husband were among the first to move into the senior community when it opened on Delaware Avenue more than a year ago. They say they love their new apart…

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Uniland Development Co. won city approval in July for its new 12-unit town house project at Gates Circle, on the site of the former Park Lane Restaurant. But, the Amherst developer forgot to get the property broken into separate pieces, so each homeowner would own the land underneath. On Monday, Uniland corrected that, as the Buffalo Planning Board subdivided the 1.2…

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Uniland Development Company easily won approval Monday for a new townhouse project on the site of the former Park Lane Restaurant at Gates Circle, especially after gaining the support of a neighborhood group known for opposing large-scale redevelopment projects. The Amherst-based developer, which bought and cleared the site after the prominent business closed in 2007, w…

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Two big development projects at Gates Circle and Waterfront Village received key variances from the Buffalo Zoning Board of Appeals, enabling them to proceed toward final approval, but a third one in the Elmwood Village was shot down amid neighborhood and political opposition. The board backed variance requests for townhouse projects by Uniland Development Co. on the Pa…

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More than a decade after the former Park Lane Restaurant was closed and demolished to make room for a controversial condominium tower that was never built, the prominent site at Gates Circle may finally be redeveloped. And the homes proposed for the site could be built with such high-end amenities as personal elevators and could fetch more than $1 million apiece. Uni…

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Buffalo officials are preparing to unveil a new – and likely more lucrative – property tax exemption program for real estate projects that would give city officials more control over incentives that could be narrowly tailored to fit a development's needs. Details of the new program are still being finalized. But Brendan Mehaffy, executive director of the Office of St…

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Developer Noel Sutton is one step closer to turning a historic E.B. Green-designed house near Gates Circle into a 10-room hotel, after the Buffalo Planning Board on Monday night recommended that the Common Council grant an adaptive-use permit. Sutton Development has proposed spending $818,000 to renovate the three-story residential structure at 1296 Delaware Ave., turni…

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TM Montante Development and Morgan Communities are hoping to get started within the year on a proposal to build a six-story apartment building at Gates Circle, now that the city Planning Board has renewed its approval of the $15 million project. The developers intend to erect a six-story building at 1299 Delaware Ave., on part of the former Millard Fillmore Gates Circle…

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Two Gates Circle-area development projects that received initial city approvals a year ago are now back for renewals after their original clearance expired, as TM Montante Development and Morgan Communities seek to pursue a 60-unit apartment building while the owner of Sutton Development wants to convert a large former home into a boutique 10-room hotel. Montante and Ro…