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Daniel Blanchard is still putting the pieces of his puzzle together. The developer of a new self-storage facility on the East Side, in a former paper box and jigsaw puzzle manufacturing facility, is now planning to convert an adjacent city-owned lot at 451 Broadway into a small parking lot and entry for his new business. Blanchard, who bought the former Drescher Pape…

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The owner of a Buffalo-based sales and distribution company, who is seeking to redevelop an old East Side industrial complex into a new mixed-use project, wants to convert three adjacent parcels into parking lots that he says are critical to the project's success. Uzochukwu E. Ihenko, who owns Uzo 1 International Ltd. and Broadway Development & Management Group, wan…

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The owner of a historic complex of buildings on Broadway is planning a historic renovation and reuse of the property that will also include a new structure to bring more residential, retail and office space to the Willert Park neighborhood of Buffalo's East Side. Peyton Barlow Co., which owns the former Pollack & Blakemore furniture store at 574 Broadway, wants to r…

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Another set of seven for-sale townhouses may be coming to Allentown, but first the developer needs six zoning variances for the project to proceed. Buffalo-based Legacy Development is planning to erect an L-shaped masonry project on a vacant 0.23-acre parcel of land at 8 St. Louis Place, within walking distance of Metro Rail and bus routes, as well as the Buffalo Niagar…

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The development boom around the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus is finally making its long-anticipated push into the neighboring Fruit Belt. A five-story apartment complex across Michigan Avenue from Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center is the first project proposed that would extend the recent flurry of development near the Medical Campus into a residential neighbor…

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A Rochester developer is resuscitating a proposal to construct an urgent-care clinic at the corner of Elmwood Avenue and Amherst Street – less than two months after the Zoning Board of Appeals nearly killed the project by rejecting three variance requests. Caliber Brokerage and WellNow Urgent Care want to build a 3,500-square-foot medical clinic at 1597 Elmwood Ave. and…

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The developer that brought Community Beer Works to the Lower West Side neighborhood near Front Park is now proposing to convert the rest of the historic former Schaefer & Brothers Malt manufacturing facility into 32 apartments. Pitoune Development last spring completed the renovation of the one-story warehouse portion of the facility at 520 Seventh St. into the 14,0…

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More breweries are coming to an innovative new project on Chandler Street — but this time, they don't involve Rocco Termini. Joe Artanis, a local businessman and co-founder of a popular and fast-growing new microbrewery in Florida, wants to create a new beer hub or collective in Buffalo, where multiple firms would brew in a single large room, under one roof. At least…

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After more than two years of planning, Ciminelli Real Estate Corp. is taking the first steps toward obtaining city approval for its proposed affordable apartment building and fresh-foods market in downtown Buffalo. The Buffalo-based developer is planning to construct a 220,000-square-foot complex of two buildings on a 2.5-acre city-owned parking lot, located at 201 Elli…

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Discount grocer Aldi Inc. needs more space for its North Buffalo store. The German-owned grocery chain is seeking to expand its existing 15,562-square-foot store at 2090 Elmwood Ave., by adding a 2,861-square-foot addition within its existing parking lot on 3.73 acres. The company is asking for a variance from the Zoning Board of Appeals for window transparency becau…

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Months after submitting his initial proposal for a mixed-income apartment and retail project on a former Central Park bowling alley site, developer Hormoz Mansouri is back with revisions — and a new request for zoning variances. Mansouri, who owns architectural firm EI Team, wants to tear down a vacant former bowling alley at 47 East Amherst St. and build a five-story b…

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The family partnership that is buying five Elmwood Avenue buildings from Ciminelli Real Estate Corp. is now proposing to demolish three of them and erect a four-story apartment building. Whitesand Family LP — led by partners Don White and his stepson, Tom Sand — filed an application with the city to combine the lots at 1020, 1024 and 1028 Elmwood into a single 0.34-acre…

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A proposed urgent-care clinic at the corner of Elmwood Avenue and Amherst Street in north Buffalo may be on life support after the city's Zoning Board of Appeals this week rejected three variance requests because the project would harm the neighborhood. Caliber Brokerage and WellNow Urgent Care want to build a 3,500-square-foot medical clinic at 1597 Elmwood Ave. and 70…

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To borrow from Monty Python, "it's not dead yet." Just when it seemed like a proposed new Tim Hortons Cafe & Bake Shop in downtown Buffalo had been killed by a Zoning Board of Appeals vote, the developer behind the project managed to extract a victory after all. But it took a lawsuit to get there. The zoning board last week reversed course and granted a needed va…

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One of the region's elite private schools is seeking to add a two-story gymnasium and fitness facility to its Buffalo campus. Nardin Academy wants to construct a 20,700-square-foot addition to the current school building at 135 Cleveland Ave. Plans call for the addition to include a full-size gym, a fitness center, a wellness center, two locker rooms, athletic offices, …