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The U.S. Attorney's Office wants to seize two Buffalo apartment complexes as part of its criminal case against Rochester developer Robert C. Morgan and three other defendants. The Securities and Exchange Commission wants to freeze Morgan's assets — including an investment fund that holds a loan for Morgan's interest in a redevelopment project at Gates Circle. One com…

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An Elmwood Village activist and frequent critic of development projects says the Gates Circle area isn't the blighted neighborhood that the city says it is, so he's suing to stop a developer from getting tax breaks on a major revitalization project there. Daniel Sack is suing the Buffalo Common Council in State Supreme Court, challenging its April 16 designation of the …

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The owner of the Canterbury Woods retirement communities in Amherst and Buffalo has sued the developer of the former Millard Fillmore Gates Circle Hospital for failing to complete a promised roadway and leaving an enormous pile of dirt and debris that disturbs nearby Canterbury residents. Episcopal Church Home & Affiliates filed a lawsuit in State Supreme Court in B…

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Barbara Maynor loves almost everything about her new home, with one rather large exception: The 7,000 tons of dirt and crushed concrete on land behind the Canterbury Woods development at Gates Circle. Maynor and her husband were among the first to move into the senior community when it opened on Delaware Avenue more than a year ago. They say they love their new apart…

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Buffalo officials are preparing to unveil a new – and likely more lucrative – property tax exemption program for real estate projects that would give city officials more control over incentives that could be narrowly tailored to fit a development's needs. Details of the new program are still being finalized. But Brendan Mehaffy, executive director of the Office of St…

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TM Montante Development and Morgan Communities are hoping to get started within the year on a proposal to build a six-story apartment building at Gates Circle, now that the city Planning Board has renewed its approval of the $15 million project. The developers intend to erect a six-story building at 1299 Delaware Ave., on part of the former Millard Fillmore Gates Circle…

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Two Gates Circle-area development projects that received initial city approvals a year ago are now back for renewals after their original clearance expired, as TM Montante Development and Morgan Communities seek to pursue a 60-unit apartment building while the owner of Sutton Development wants to convert a large former home into a boutique 10-room hotel. Montante and Ro…