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Douglas Jemal, the owner of Seneca One tower, wants to put his tax dollars to work – in the area around downtown's tallest building. Jemal's Douglas Development Corp. is working with the City of Buffalo and the Erie County Industrial Development Agency on a unique and special financing arrangement that could ultimately provide as much as $20 million for Cars Sharing Mai…

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Kaleida Health is putting the five-story tower of DeGraff Memorial Hospital in North Tonawanda up for sale, marking the third time in recent years that it has moved to sell a closed hospital building. The Buffalo-based health care system – which also operates Buffalo General Medical Center, Gates Vascular Institute and Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital – is listing par…

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The redevelopment group that is buying the former Record Theatre complex has signed four retailers as the first tenants for space in the new $6 million mixed-use project. GObike Buffalo and Reddy Bikeshare, Gutter Pop Comics, a new record shop and Fry Baby Donut Co. will occupy more than half of the available commercial space, helping to reactivate the 33,000-square-foo…

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In an effort to spur more progress with the reuse project at Gates Circle, city officials are using a little-used section of law to form a special economic zone around the former hospital site, providing extra property tax breaks to the developer in exchange for meeting affordable housing and minority workforce goals. TM Montante Development has been working for several…

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A Buffalo multifamily real estate developer who has usually focused his attention closer to downtown is eyeing a vacant warehouse in Black Rock for a multimillion-dollar conversion into a new apartment building on Tonawanda Street. Eran Epstein, owner of E Square Capital LLC, is seeking to renovate the former Fedders Manufacturing Works and Fedders Automotive Corp. buil…

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The Cheektowaga owners of a drab gray, cement-block building near Buffalo's Cobblestone District are hoping to capitalize on its prime location between KeyBank Center and the Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino by selling their property for potential additional parking. Owners Thomas G. Weiner and John J. Cook are marketing their 0.36-acre site at 106 Michigan Ave. through Hann…

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Architect-turned-developer Hormoz Mansouri is hoping to bowl over city planners with a new proposal for a five-story mixed-use project on land just east of Main Street and the Metro Rail line. Mansouri, president of EI Team, wants to tear down a vacant old bowling alley near the former Central Park Plaza, and replace it with a U-shaped building, with a combination of ap…

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Uniland Development Co. has acquired the Ellicott Station post office on Washington Street in downtown Buffalo, rounding out a campus that already includes three large adjacent properties on nearby Ellicott Street. The Amherst-based developer bought the block-wide property at 701 Washington from the federal government, which had put it up for sale through CBRE Buffalo i…

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The $70 million conversion of the former AM&A's department store building downtown into the Wyndham Buffalo Hotel is shifting from the cleanup phase into construction. The project had been delayed by a long, complex and costly environmental remediation and some demolition, but has now moved into the construction phase, including the installation of a new roof, said …

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A local developer working with an unidentified warehousing and distribution venture has signed a letter of intent with the Buffalo Urban Development Corp. to purchase 20 acres of land in the Buffalo Lakeside Commerce Park in South Buffalo. BUDC President Peter Cammarata would not identify either the developer or the group, which he said is being put together to form the…

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After barely avoiding the wrecking ball several years ago, the last remaining building in the former Kensington Heights low-income housing community may be seeing its final days. The Erie County Medical Center is preparing to demolish the seven-story building at 1827 Fillmore Ave., after the public hospital acquired the derelict building and surrounding property from th…

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Former surgeon-turned-developer Dr. Fadi Dagher is ready to mix his old and new lives, with his latest redevelopment just north of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. Dagher's Cedarland Development is proposing to construct a new five-story mixed-use project on the vacant Main Street lot, where the dilapidated former Buffalo Tourist Lodge used to stand. Plans by Mich…

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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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The city agency responsible for cleaning up, managing and redeveloping brownfield properties has barely owned the a century-old former manufacturing property in Riverside for a few weeks, and the property's neighbor already is interested in buying a significant piece of the 7-acre site. The Buffalo Urban Development Corp. bought the former sewing machine and television …

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Seneca Street is finally seeing better days. After decades of neglect, the heart of the South Buffalo commercial district is getting new attention and investment. Investors, developers and residents are purchasing and renovating old buildings, particularly the two-story structures that line the street, as well as some old churches. They're sprucing up building fac…