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Buffalo Rising

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The Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation has (finally) issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the redevelopment of the North Aud Block. The parcel, formerly part of the block that once contained the War Memorial Auditorium, is located along the canal system at Main Street and south of the Interstate 190. Proposals are due September 1. The RFP permits a variety of proposed land uses, though Proposals are required to include certain mandatory design features such as multiple building design, sub-grade parking, reservation of space for ground floor (towpath and street levels) retail, development of public rights-of-way, creation of public…

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The Greater Buffalo Niagara Regional Transportation Council (GBNRTC) presented ideas for reimagining the Scajaquada Corridor last night to a packed public meeting at Buffalo State’s Alumni and Visitor Center. Options range from minor changes to the existing infrastructure to complete removal of the highway from the I-190 to the Kensington Expressway. The GBNRTC has taken over the lead for studying options for the corridor. Their approach is different from the previous NYS Department of Transportation’s “top down” approach. The current process is being driven by data and community dialogue creating a transparent decision-making process. The scenarios for “Region Central” have…

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Gaming in recent years has become more than just a hobby. From content creation to live streaming people all over the world are using gaming as a business. But this rise in popularity has also led to a massive evolution in the gaming space. Going from Pen & Paper to Virtual Reality is a big step and one that has had an effect on the industry as a whole. https://youtu.be/cIW63-i9GKk With more and more technology being created people are constantly seeking the next big thing, Does this mean old forms of gaming content are being left in the dust? Will…

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The shuttered and crumbling St. Ann’s Church at Broadway and Emslie on the East Side may have found a savior. According to Buffalo Business First, a “local investment group” has the property under contract with plans to convert the complex into a community center and health care facility. From Business First: Plans call for a $22.5 million renovation of the church and its adjoining properties, with the work done in phases during the next few years, said DeCarlo and broker Andrea Brozyna, who also worked on the deal. The church is expected to be renovated into a community center, while…

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The Salvation Army of Buffalo is proposing to revitalize their nearly three-acre campus along Main Street by providing a seven-story 147-unit apartment building and three-story 80-bed emergency shelter along Main Street, and 16 two-story townhouses along North Pearl Street. The existing building at 960 Main Street will remain and continue to be utilized for The Salvation Army administrative and program space. To facilitate the project, existing buildings on The Salvation Army campus at 954, 970, 984, and 1000 Main Street would be demolished. The proposed apartments will include studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom units with the ground floor of the seven-story…

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Is it an office building or apartment complex? That is one question that the Planning Board might want to ask officials of Mt. Olive Baptist Church today. The church is proposing changes to its proposed Mr. Olive Senior Manor complex less than a year after gaining City approvals. 2021 Design Proposed Design The senior housing project is proposed south of the church located at 703 E. Delavan Avenue. Efforts to obtain State funding through the Division of Housing and Community Renewal (HCR) fell short after the project costs were deemed excessive. The church is seeking a one-year extension of its…

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Plans for an addition to Thin Man Brewer on Chandler Street have been revised. Rocco Termini’s Signature Development is heading to the Planning Board on Monday seeking to make a slight change to the project that was approved two years ago. The proposed 15,984 sq.ft. addition will connect to the existing brewery building to the east adjacent to the Tappo Day Club west of the site. The facility will house additional Brite Tanks, an expanded cooler, loading area, packaging, bottling, and an employee office/break area on a small mezzanine. New Proposal, Top. Previously-Approved, Bottom. The primary change to the plan…

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It has been a long wait but Severyn Development’s four-unit townhouse project at 390 Jersey Street is underway. Severyn Development’s plans for the site underwent a number of changes in order to placate neighbor concerns over design and parking. Ultimately a design by HHL Architects gained approval by the Planning Board. The townhouses, at 15th and Jersey streets near Kleinhans, feature rear access driveway and two-car garages; front porches and landscaping to provide a welcoming street presence; first floor limestone, cedar siding and black French doors to access Juliet balconies; and, rooftop sun terraces. According to the Severyn website, just…

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AML RightSource, the world’s largest technology-enabled financial crime fighting firm, is expanding in Buffalo and will add an additional 363 employees to support the addition of new services and clients, resulting in a total Buffalo workforce of approximately 540 employees. The company helps domestic and international financial institutions, FinTechs, and other businesses comply with anti-money laundering regulations and to deter incidents of crime. The $4.3 million project will add an expansion of office space to AMLRS’s 20,000-square-foot office on the 27th floor of Buffalo’s tallest building, the Seneca One Tower. “These are the types of professional and high-tech jobs that will keep our new college graduates…

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Ohio-based MVAH Partners is moving forward with plans for an affordable housing project on Main Street in Midtown. The project includes 147 residential units in a five-story, 140 unit building along Main Street and seven two-story townhouses along Masten Avenue in the rear. Early Design Proposed Design MVAH is looking to acquire two City-owned properties at 1703 and 1707 Main Street in order to construct the project which also includes 1681-1689 Main Street. The $50.6 million project will require demolition of buildings at Main Street and E. Balcom Street including the former home of The New Pink. Parking is proposed internal…

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