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Uniland Development Co. won a green light from the Buffalo Planning Board for its planned new medical office building at the corner of Elmwood and Hertel avenues, but it may still face a legal battle over a 60-year-old easement and a 31-year-old court ruling. The Amherst-based developer is planning to renovate an aging 29,870-square-foot warehouse, put on a small additi…

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The owner of a Buffalo construction company – who planned four years ago to build a large warehouse on Dingens Street but never followed through – is now proposing a much smaller project at the same site near the Cheektowaga line. James Panepinto's Pinto Construction Services is proposing to construct a multi-bay garage structure at the rear of the 13.2-acre property at…

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A year after completing its purchase of 20 acres of prime land at the intersection of Elmwood and Hertel avenues, Uniland Development Co. is now coming forward with its first proposed new building in the North Buffalo commercial district. The Amherst-based developer, led by the Montante family, wants to convert an abandoned warehouse on the northwest corner of the inter…

Crime

A 21-year-old Springville man who was being sought by the Erie County Sheriff's Office was arrested Wednesday night. Deniro Bly was arrested on several charges for multiple incidents over the past two weeks, the Erie County Sheriff's Office announced Thursday morning. Bly was arrested by detectives shortly after 5 p.m. Wednesday, without incident, along Hertel Avenue…

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On the first truly pleasant spring day of 2019, I was at the Little Club on Hertel Avenue, trying to become a better restaurant critic. One recurring reader complaint is that I don’t offer much wine insight. It’s a fair cop, as the Brits say. Which was why I was across the street from Ristorante Lombardo, in the family’s new wine-bar-slash-graduate-seminar. General Mana…

Crime

Four people were wounded by gunfire at approximately 9:15 p.m. Sunday in the 2000 block of Niagara Street, near Hertel Avenue in Buffalo’s Black Rock neighborhood, according to the Buffalo Police Department. Buffalo Police spokesman Michael DeGeorge said the shooting was in connection with a dispute. "We're still investigating it," Buffalo Police Commissioner Byron C…

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Buffalo Pride Week, which cherishes the local LGBTQ+ community's courage and extols acceptance instead of division, annually produces one of the city's happiest days, uniting Buffalonians regardless of their sexual orientation. Both the Elmwood Avenue parade and the Canalside festival are true celebrations, awash in color, noise and camaraderie, a refreshing environment…

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The Erie County Industrial Development Agency is considering whether to issue $13.3 million in tax-exempt bonds to help a New York City-based housing developer that wants to purchase and renovate a 195-unit affordable housing complex in Black Rock. Manhattan-based Related Cos. plans to buy and upgrade the Marina Vista Apartments at 32 Hertel Ave., consisting of two 13-s…

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Five years ago, Adam Goetz brought forth on Hertel Avenue a dining room dedicated to the proposition that Western New York’s vegetables, fruit and meat were the equal of any on earth. At a time when a Buffalo chef can summon the wealth of the planet via a plane, Goetz bet the success of Craving on ingredients delivered by pickup truck. He learned to mesh farmers’ produc…

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Imagine you're curled up in bed with a cup of hot cocoa and then glance over at your fun-sized Christmas tree. Suddenly, the stressful thought that the holiday season is flying by rushes over you. You start to think of all the fun things you could do. Pretty much the whole holiday season is stuffed into four short weeks in December, from music to family parties to chees…

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Upscale Italian restaurant Ristorante Lombardo and owner Tommy Lombardo Jr. have narrowed the date for the opening of a new wine bar, The Little Club, at 1197 Hertel Ave., across the street from the restaurant. Announced originally in February for the space that was formerly Cafe GarAngelo, Lombardo's wine bar has taken shape, from vintage green tile to a marble bar and…

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Two Elmwood Avenue restaurant buildings at nearly opposite ends of the city are facing demolition requests this week as part of a pair of unrelated redevelopment projects by William Paladino, Nick Sinatra and Uniland Development Co. Paladino's Ellicott Development Co. and Sinatra & Co. Real Estate are seeking permission from the Buffalo Preservation Board to tear do…

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The developer planning a five-story building on Hertel Avenue has modified its design, mostly with adjustments to the ground-floor retail space, the corner appearance and the number of windows. John Daly, a managing principal and architect at Trautman Associates and principal of O'Dalaigh Real Estate LLC, will ask the Buffalo Planning Board on Monday to approve the modi…

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Plans are advancing for a project to convert a longtime former synagogue in North Buffalo that later became a church into apartments, as the developer behind the venture seeks city approval to demolish portions of the building that aren't needed. Rocco J. DelGrosso, who owns the now-closed Faith of the Good Shepherd Chapel at 1235-1237 Hertel Ave., wants to turn the 63-…

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Grumpy Cat memes and funny kitten videos have flooded our social media feeds. Boutique coffee shops have launched tenfold. So it makes sense a bridged, sensible version of the two has crept up over the last couple decades: the cat-filled cafe. Buffalo now has its own, with last weekend's opening of Purrfect Cafe and Gallery on Hertel Avenue. What is a cat-filled cafe…