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Food and Drink

Say what you want about midsize cities, but the perks of being simultaneously big and small show themselves in unusual ways in Buffalo. Take, for example, the city dining parking lot. As a city that has plenty of dining options and enough people to flood street parking, our spread-out, low-rise city can afford a few personal parking lots. For some, a parking lot is less…

Buffalo

Pay2Park, the parking lot operator owned by developer Mark Croce, is taking over the management of the Main Place Tower parking garage, gaining more than 1,000 spaces in an expansion of the 12-year-old brand. Pay2Park will take over the operation as of July 1, when the ownership of the parking facility reverts from the city to the building's owner, Main Place Liberty Gr…

Buffalo

Buffalo Place, the nonprofit downtown business improvement district, has released the results of a two year "access and infrastructure" study of downtown Buffalo, designed to analyze how people currently get to the city's core, where they go, and what would help to make downtown easier to reach. A committee of downtown stakeholders, transportation advocates and public o…

Erie County

One of the goals of the City of Buffalo's recently revised parking guidelines has been clearly stated: Get more people to park in downtown's private lots. However, Assemblyman Sean M. Ryan, D-Buffalo, says that when people pull in to many of those private parking lots, they're often not getting treated fairly. Ryan was joined by Assemblywoman Monica P. Wallace, D-Lan…

Erie County

A downtown street parking plan approved this week by Buffalo lawmakers has gone over like finding a bright orange envelope under the windshield wiper. The new plan includes: • Increasing rates at parking meters, in some cases to as much as $2 an hour. • The elimination of free street parking on evenings and Saturdays. • And the addition of more meters. Reba …

Buffalo

Downtown development has brought a new concern: Could city parking spaces become even more elusive? While still a common sight in Buffalo, open parking spaces are increasingly becoming harder to come by. The overall supply of spaces hasn’t changed much, but the downtown population has grown by 70 percent over the past 20 years, and the workforce there has swelled by 30 …

Buffalo

Worries about inadequate parking in parts of downtown Buffalo are rising to the surface again this week, with concerns rising about an anticipated mismatch of supply and demand could yield a gap of more than 1,100 spaces just as demand for parking is expected to rise. As the surge in construction and development activity continues in downtown Buffalo, landlords and busi…

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 …

Buffalo

Buffalo Place needs your input. The nonprofit downtown business improvement district is conducting a "downtown access" study with the City of Buffalo to figure out ways to make it easier for people to get downtown and be able to enter buildings and businesses. The group says that building managers, owners and real estate agents say they have a hard time finding tenan…

Buffalo

A proposal by Ciminelli Real Estate Corp. to turn the former J.P. Bullfeathers' parking area on Elmwood Avenue into a commercial lot for Allpro Parking may be yet another indication that the developer's controversial proposed Arbor + Reverie development project isn't going anywhere soon. Ciminelli is seeking a variance from the city's Zoning Board of Appeals to allow us…

Buffalo

The president of Shea's Performing Arts Center is concerned about the limited availability of downtown parking for patrons, and particularly whether the recent reports of price-gouging by private lots will affect theatergoers. "There are people who get very concerned about the price of parking, and they express to us that it's not fair and very high for Buffalo," said M…

Local News

Parking is free parking throughout all of the City of Tonawanda, but Common Council is talking about changing that. Council members this week met with representatives from Park Mobile to discuss an app that would allow them to charge fees for parking. If a parking fee were instituted, the first priority would be Niawanda and Veterans parks, councilors agreed. Visi…

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City of Tonawanda residents have seen winter parking bans lifted in communities all around them – in Buffalo, the Town of Tonawanda, Kenmore and the City of North Tonawanda – and they're questioning why they can't park on their city's streets overnight. The warmest February on record in the Buffalo area brought smiles to many faces. But on a City of Tonawanda social …

NORTH TONAWANDA – The Common Council on Tuesday will tackle at its work session a growing parking problem in the city. The problem is terrace parking, which means parking vehicles on the green space usually reserved for city trees, grass and utilities, in an area between the street and the sidewalk. Residents who don't have access to a driveway or have a shared driveway…