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McGuire Development Co. is still planning to construct a second office building at its Compass East project in downtown Buffalo, but it's taken longer than expected to line up tenants to fill the space, officials said. The developer received city approval a year ago to erect a new 48,000-square-foot facility at 425 Michigan Ave., across a sprawling parking lot from the …

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The Southtowns' newest low-income housing community opened this week in Lackawanna, offering 32 new affordable apartments, including some aimed at those with intellectual or physical disabilities. Community Services for Every1 – formerly Community Services for the Developmentally Disabled – formally unveiled the completed Ridgeway Commons, introducing a new option for s…

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The Mexican restaurant that is the last major tenant to occupy space in the former Shea's Seneca Theatre building in South Buffalo got a boost from the Buffalo Planning Board, which recommended approval of a use permit by the Common Council. Matthew Krupp, owner of Cantina 62, plans to move his Mexican taco restaurant from its current location – at 2723 South Park Ave. …

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Dressed in a white baker's uniform, with a thick French accent, Camille Le Caer fit the role perfectly this week as he sought and received support from the Buffalo Planning Board for his new North Buffalo pastry shop. Le Caer is seeking to open his French bakery, Boulanger Patisserie, in the former Globe Market space at 1416 Hertel Ave., with an existing outdoor cafe. T…

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A new dollar store is finally coming to Genesee Street after more than two years of work and multiple efforts to revise the plans to overcome objections. The Buffalo Planning Board approved construction of a 9,100-square-foot Family Dollar store at 1756 Genesee St. in the Bailey Greens neighborhood. That's despite even more suggestions from an architect who was asked by…

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Six longtime friends – four doctors and two businessmen – thought they had a great idea for a side venture. Little did they know just how difficult it would be. The group of craft beer fans had a burning desire to create their own microbrewery and neighborhood restaurant, in a unique space in Buffalo. So they bought a vacant old firehouse on Jersey Street, near Kleinhan…

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A company that provides administrative management services to other firms has sold a renovated office building on Main Street in downtown Buffalo to an alternative energy provider of natural gas and electric service. John Ludtka, president of New Wave Energy Corp., paid $1.35 million through New Niagara LLC to buy a historic commercial building at 410 Main from 410 Buff…

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The Buffalo Planning Board Monday extinguished a controversial proposal by six friends to convert an historic former Jersey Street firehouse near Kleinhans Music Hall into a microbrewery and restaurant. The group, Project X Holdings, wanted to renovate the vacant firehouse at 310 Jersey into a mixed-use concept with a 74-seat restaurant and brewery on the ground floor a…

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A subsidiary of Howard Hanna Real Estate Services has started offering title, insurance and abstract services in the Buffalo area this month. Barristers Title & Escrow Services, which expanded to the Rochester market in January, added Buffalo to its geographic territory as of June 1. By the end of the year, the company will cover the entire state, with local staff s…

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A Buffalo developer bought a pair of Richmond Avenue apartment buildings and a nearby duplex from a local real estate investor for nearly $2.3 million. Noel Sutton of Sutton Development paid $1.625 million for a 26-unit building at 240 Richmond and a duplex at 19 Ripley Place. He also separately paid $659,000 for a 17-unit apartment building at 232 Richmond. In both cas…

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A Staten Island real estate investor has acquired a new Family Dollar store on the edge of Buffalo's Riverside neighborhood from a North Carolina real estate developer. Vishnu Awasthi, through his Awasthi Limited Partnership, paid $1.66 million to buy two parcels at 125 and 127 Skillen St. from an entity controlled by the Durban Group of Charlotte. The rectangular pr…

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A retired executive chef and his wife have purchased the former Marco's Italian Deli business in downtown Buffalo's Genesee Gateway Building, where they plan to reopen a new sandwich shop, with a nod to Buffalo's history. Jim and Sandra Carlo late last week bought the equipment and other assets – but not the name – of the restaurant from owner Mark Sciortino, who wanted…

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With $4.5 million in state funding in place, work is now poised to begin by September on a planned new low-income senior housing community with 84 apartments on Buffalo's East Side. The $27.3 million Westminster Commons project calls for construction of a new four-story building at Adams and Monroe streets, with 76 one-bedroom and eight two-bedroom apartments. Thirty-fo…

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Aug. 21, 1920 – May 30, 2018 Rochelle Smothers Davis, who grew up in the 1920s in the Deep South before becoming a teacher in Alabama and later an auditor in Buffalo for 30 years, died Wednesday of natural causes in Absolut Care nursing home in Orchard Park. She was 97. Born in Mount Meigs, Ala., when Woodrow Wilson was president, she was the seventh of 12 children …

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Allpro Parking LLC has assumed the operation of the Ellicott Airport Parking facility near the Buffalo Niagara International Airport after taking over the 500-space operation from Ellicott Development Co. The 500-space parking facility at 4301 Genesee St. in Cheektowaga, with a Tim Hortons Cafe & Bake Shop in front, will be renamed as the Allpro Airport Parking. …