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Just eight years ago, the Chandler Street neighborhood was reeling. The low point came in July 2011, when a massive, four-alarm chemical fire ravaged the Niagara Lubricants plant at 164 Chandler St., causing millions of dollars in damage and a host of environmental scares for the surrounding neighborhood. Since then, a remarkable transformation has taken place on Cha…

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The developer who sued the city and a rival over the future of a downtown parking lot slated for a new housing development and urban grocery has agreed to drop the litigation, according to documents filed in State Supreme Court in Erie County. Signature Development Buffalo LLC's Rocco Termini sued the City of Buffalo and Ciminelli Real Estate Corp. in June, in a bid to …

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A state judge declined to issue an immediate order blocking the sale of a city-owned parking lot in downtown Buffalo to Ciminelli Real Estate Corp. for a redevelopment project, rejecting the arguments by rival developer Rocco Termini that the loss of the parking posed an imminent threat to his Hotel @ the Lafayette and other businesses. But State Supreme Court Justice E…

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Developer Rocco Termini has followed through with his threat of legal action over the loss of a downtown parking lot, filing a lawsuit against the city and Ciminelli Real Estate Corp. in an effort to block the project. Termini – through his Signature Development Buffalo LLC and seven entities at his Hotel @ the Lafayette – sued Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown, the city's P…

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Inside American restaurants, the most dangerous work pays the least. Servers get to keep their share of tips, without which they would make less than minimum wage. That usually brings them out ahead of kitchen workers, often by a sizable margin. At Tappo, the Italian-American restaurant on Buffalo's Ellicott Street, management is trying something new: asking customer…

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Two parking lots and a delayed affordable housing project won approval by the city Planning Board Monday night – even after a neighbor objected to one of the lots because a cement block wall would be too close to her property. Rocco Termini's Signature Development Buffalo received the green light to pave the property at 125 Chandler St. – where he previously demolished …

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Last weekend was a feeling-out period for Chandler Street, a burgeoning food-and-drink district thanks to the foresight and finances of developer Rocco Termini. Curious about the openings of Tappo Pizza and the second location of Thin Man Brewery at 166 Chandler St., Buffalonians navigated the previously quiet industrial street that veers east from Military Road, findin…

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Have you been to Chandlerville yet? You will be, if Rocco Termini has his way. The developer who led Ellicott Street’s restaurant resurgence with Tappo and the buildings that became Toutant and Seabar has been working on laying the groundwork for a new Buffalo drinking and dining destination district. In Black Rock, two blocks north of Amherst Street, Chandler Str…

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Rocco Termini is eager to see his new incubator projects on Chandler Street swimming in happy tenants. But first, he just wants to see his happy tenants swimming – at least by Memorial Day of next year. Termini, owner of Signature Development Buffalo, is working with architect Benjamin Siegel on a plan to create a pool club in the midst of the industrial and commerci…

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Developer Rocco Termini wants to demolish an old concrete-block warehouse on Chandler Street in the city's Black Rock neighborhood as he continues his redevelopment of the longtime industrial zone into a new business incubator hub. Termini, through his Signature Development Buffalo, is seeking Buffalo Preservation Board approval to tear down the 4,500-square-foot struct…

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Developer Rocco Termini is pushing forward with his planned conversion of a pair of old industrial buildings at 27 and 37 Chandler St. into yet another business incubator, as he seeks to have the properties accepted into the state Brownfield Cleanup Program. Termini, through a pair of limited-liability companies, has submitted a "draft work plan" and "interim remedial m…

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Developers have completed environmental cleanups at five local project sites under the state's Brownfield Cleanup Program, positioning the properties for reuse with state tax credits, according to announcements from the state Department of Environmental Conservation. The projects include Chason Affinity Cos.' new four-story, 40-unit condominium project at 1111 Elmwood A…

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Rocco Termini is very worried. For the past 10 years, the Buffalo developer has made a name for himself by successfully transforming vacant commercial and industrial buildings into lively residential, hotel and office projects. From his Hotel @ The Lafayette and Warehouse Lofts downtown to his cluster of apartment buildings and business incubators in North Buffalo, T…

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Developer Rocco Termini is pursuing a third business incubator on Chandler Street in North Buffalo, this time targeting a group of food-related businesses, even as he's still finishing up work on his first two projects on the street. Termini, who is known for his adaptive reuses of old commercial and industrial buildings in Buffalo, wants to convert a pair of warehouses…

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Developer Rocco Termini and state officials are preparing to move forward with an "expedited cleanup of contamination" at one of his Chandler Street properties, prior to starting work on his plan to convert the building into another business incubator. The Department of Environmental Conservation is seeking public comment through April 7 on an "interim remedial measure"…