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The next phase of the redevelopment of the former Central Park Plaza into the new Highland Park residential community is poised to begin, as the Elim Community Development Corp. of Buffalo and Belmont Housing Resources for WNY received city approval this week to divide the site where they will construct a 30-unit affordable townhouse development. The developers want to …

Buffalo

First Calvary Missionary Baptist Church wants to more than double the size of its William Street facility with a new multipurpose space and sanctuary for its growing attendance. It is seeking Buffalo Planning Board approval to convert the existing 10,000-square-foot brick church at 467 William into a "Family Life Center" to be used for events, youth church services and …

Buffalo

Noco Energy Corp. wants to put in six new parking spaces and an access aisle on a single-family lot next door to its gas station and convenience store at the intersection of Elmwood and Forest avenues, to give customers more access to the business. Noco, through Elmwood Village LLC, is seeking a zoning map amendment from the Common Council to permit the new use for the …

Crime

A Tonawanda man who was driving with no headlights was arrested and jailed early Saturday morning after police found he also had 18 suspensions dating back two years and no driver's license. City of Tonawanda police pulled over Nathaniel L. Busch of Sunset Terrace on Main Street at about 3 a.m. for driving without his lights on. His license had been suspended 18 tim…

Buffalo

Explore & More Children's Museum said Friday it has awarded a $5.25 million contract to Savarino Cos. to build out the interior of its new Canalside facility, following an "extensive community outreach and bidding process." The East Aurora-based nonprofit broke ground in March on the $29 million project to construct a four-story museum in downtown Buffalo, on a port…

Crime

A 23-year-old Jamestown woman was charged with aggravated drunk-driving early Sunday morning in the Chautauqua County town of Ellery after she was stopped for speeding. Chautauqua County sheriff's deputies pulled over Morgan B. Vail at 2:32 a.m. on Route 430 and found her to be intoxicated. Officers checked her driving record and found her license had been suspended for…

Buffalo

Douglas Jemal, the Washington, D.C., real estate developer who is trying to bring One Seneca Tower back to life, has added to his holdings in Buffalo with the purchase of an old industrial building in Riverside. Jemal's Douglas Development Corp. paid $525,000 last week to buy the River Rock Industrial Incubator complex. That's a 95,000-square-foot facility at 175 Rano S…

Business

Lisa Wojdan never expected it to be so difficult to buy a new house. She and her husband started searching in Elma and East Aurora last June, one month after they got married. They looked at almost 50 houses in the past year, missing out on two they really liked, while others were gone before they even had a chance to look. So when they found their dream home, they p…

Business

It's been two years since Pittsburgh-based Howard Hanna Real Estate Services came into the Buffalo market in force with its back-to-back acquisitions of Nothnagle Realtors and then RealtyUSA. The dual purchases added upstate New York to the seven-state Hanna empire, which already included Rust Belt markets across Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia and Michigan. So it's b…

Business

A Rochester-based construction company that has been in business for more than 145 years has acquired a Buffalo contractor to expand its Western New York business while bringing on a seasoned executive to run its new local office. The Pike Company Inc., a fifth-generation family-owned firm and one of the largest construction management companies in the Northeast, did no…

Buffalo

The Erie County Industrial Development Agency on Wednesday approved a package of $236,500 in tax breaks for transportation firm Roar Logistics to support a $2.61 million project to construct a new two-story office building on the edge of Larkinville. The company, founded in 2003, is working with Christopher Jacobs of Avalon Development and Alan Dewart of Seneca Developm…

Amherst

Heathwood Assisted Living has begun construction on a 30,000-square-foot addition to its assisted-living facility in Amherst, creating 42 more assisted-living apartments. The three-story addition, which will be attached to the current building at 815 Hopkins Road, will include three two-bedroom apartments, 27 one-bedroom units and 12 studio apartments. Each will be equi…

Business

Paul Ciminelli is happy to be in downtown Buffalo, and even happier not to be in downtown Rochester. The owner of Ciminelli Real Estate Corp., which just moved its corporate headquarters from Amherst to Fountain Plaza a couple of weeks ago, said he and his employees are thrilled to be in the heart of the city. "Everyone loves it. People were a little skeptical, but w…

Buffalo

Buffalo Place is once again seeking $500,000 through the state's New York Main Street grant program to support facade renovations and other improvements on several blocks of downtown Buffalo. The nonprofit business improvement district, which has administered the program in Buffalo in the previous efforts, is planning to submit an application for money to cover an area …

Buffalo

A company specializing in making lithium-ion battery packs and electric drive systems for heavy construction machinery is bringing manufacturing back to the vacant American Axle & Manufacturing facility on Buffalo's East Side with more than $7 million in public and private financing. Viridi Parente Inc., which calls itself a "fuel and engine company for the new cent…