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Attention, Milo's fans — or those wanting extra tables, chairs and kitchen equipment — here's a chance to get a piece of the popular Williamsville restaurant. Cash Realty & Auctions will be holding a live, onsite auction of the eatery's furniture and equipment at 10 a.m. Saturday. Located at 5877 Main St., the items for sale can be inspected in advance starting at 8…

Business

One of the nation's largest commercial banks is now trying to foreclose on two of Robert C. Morgan's apartment complexes in upstate New York – including the Raintree Island Apartments in the Town of Tonawanda – even as a federal grand jury indicted Morgan and his finance director on mortgage and insurance fraud charges. U.S. Bank, a subsidiary of Minneapolis-based U.S. …

Buffalo

Not content with its new six-story medical office building and the renovation of Our Lady of Lourdes Church near downtown Buffalo, Ellicott Development Co. is now planning a nine-story building on a surface parking lot next door. The $30 million project at 1091 Main St. calls for a parking structure for 431 vehicles, plus a 104-room extended-stay hotel and 12,000 square…

Business

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…

Business

A 114-count federal indictment unsealed Wednesday against Robert Morgan, Michael Tremiti, Todd Morgan and Frank Giacobbe alleges crimes were committed from 2007 through 2019 involving $285.65 million in mortgage loans in Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse areas, as well as in Pennsylvania and Indiana. The charges carry a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison and fine of more …

Buffalo

Developer Douglas Jemal's latest plan to expand One Seneca Tower's massive concrete design won approval from the Buffalo Planning Board Monday night, while Ellicott Development Co. got the go-ahead for a long-delayed new warehouse on Dingens Street. Jemal received approval in January for an addition and facade improvements to the west side of the tower complex's plaza l…

Watchdog

Eighteen months ago, the network of companies run by Robert C. Morgan was one of the fastest-growing apartment owners in Western New York. The Morgan companies had a stake in four out of every 10 new apartments under construction or planned around Buffalo. Now, with two executives pleading guilty to federal charges and another under indictment, the once-rapidly growi…

Buffalo

After years of planning – and weeks of debate – Ciminelli Real Estate Corp. Monday won the green light from the city for its plans for a new fresh foods market and more than 200 affordable apartments on a city-owned parking lot in Buffalo. The Buffalo Planning Board unanimously backed the proposal by the Buffalo developer to construct a 220,000-square-foot complex of tw…

Buffalo

As Carl and William Paladino tackle their latest redevelopment project in downtown Buffalo, they're looking for help from the Erie County Industrial Development Agency. The father-and-son owners of Ellicott Development Co., together with investor Nancy S. Krieger, are seeking sales and mortgage recording tax breaks for their historic renovation of the former Buffalo Env…

Buffalo

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 …

Buffalo

Shea's Performing Arts Center is taking the first steps toward putting up a five-story addition to its primary theater to make it more accessible by adding two new elevators, expanded concessions and more office space. The organization that operates Shea's Buffalo Theatre wants to put the structure on a parking lot at 439 Pearl St., just south of the theater building an…

Buffalo

Nearly four years after it received approval the first time for a new industrial warehouse that never got built, Ellicott Development Co. is bringing back its Dingens Street proposal for the city's consideration – with a few changes. The Buffalo-based developer wants to put up a 90,207-square-foot, single-story warehouse at 246 Dingens, at the corner of James E. Casey D…

Business

Today's homebuyers are a lot different than those of the past. Gone are the days when first-time buyers were mostly married, with kids, and had previously rented. No longer is it as easy or desirable to borrow from banks for everything, instead of saving up or getting help from family for a down payment. And instead of getting away from family and moving to the ci…

Business

Global Concepts Charter School will formally break ground May 23 on its "Green Space Initiative" to convert an unused portion of its Ridge Road property behind the school into a natural park with athletic facilities, a playground and educational programming. The 12-year-old Lackawanna charter school previously used its parking lot for a fenced-in playground, alongside f…

Amherst

Homebuilder Essex Homes of WNY has broken ground on a 48-unit housing development near North French Road in Amherst. Located at 2350 Sweet Home Road, near North Ellicott Creek Road, the Villas at Essex Woods will consist of 14 separate buildings with a total of 48 three- and four-unit villas. The project features two distinct open floor plans, with 2.5 bathrooms and eit…