Author: Tom Rooney

Buffalo has created enough waterfront plans over the years to fill a library, and more are on the way. A Niagara River Greenway Plan is currently being circulated for approval, a master plan for ‘Canalside’ at the foot of Main Street is being formulated, and new plans for the outer harbor appear likely after developers Uniland and Opus cancelled their ambitious project on NFTA waterfront property. Politicians and the stars appear to be aligned to finally get long-planned waterfront development underway. But is Buffalo on the right track? Project for Public Spaces (PPS), a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating and…

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After seven years of planning, construction of the new federal courthouse on Niagara Square is scheduled to begin this summer, or not. The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, of which Congressman Brian Higgins’s is a member, passed a resolution authorizing the General Services Administration (GSA) to proceed with construction. This action removes one of final impediments to the new $130 million, 10-story glass clad structure to be located between City Hall and Statler Tower. GSA will announce in March which projects are to receive funding across the country.

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The block-long parking lot on Court Street is sticking around a while longer. Ellicott and McGuire Development's planned 11-story office building at 50 Court Street has been delayed due to a lawsuit by Main Place Liberty Group (MPLG). MPLG filed suit claiming the new development will negatively impact existing downtown office buildings such as theirs located across Pearl Street. Construction on the glass-clad Court Street Tower was scheduled to start this spring. Designed by Kideney Architects, it would have 335,000 sq.ft. of space including ground floor retail and two levels of underground parking. A surface parking lot located between Pearl…

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Operators of the Casino Career Training Center are betting on the Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino coming to fruition. According to today’s Buffalo News, the privately run school is planning to lease space in an existing building on East Market Street across from the Seneca’s proposed casino site. The Center is relocating from 1685 Elmwood Avenue in north Buffalo. The Center trains casino dealers, poker dealers, blackjack dealers and teaches craps and roulette in classes that last five weeks long. From the Center’s website: The Casino Career Training Center WELCOMES you to the exciting, glamorous and fast paced world of casino…

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58 Linden Park has a new owner. New York State Assemblymember Crystal D. Peoples purchased the East Side beauty for $165,000. I profiled the property here back in October. The amazing circa-1925 three-story center-entrance brick colonial looks like it was transplanted from Chapin Parkway.

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The two-year battle over whether Pano Georgiadis could demolish the Atwater House at 1089 Elmwood Avenue appears to be over. Tuesday, the New York State Appellate Division in Rochester upheld a July 2005 State Supreme Court ruling by Judge Penny Wolfgang that allowed for Georgiadis to demolish the house adjacent to his popular Panos restaurant. According to today’s Buffalo News, the City is not going to appeal the decision based on the Corporation Counsels’ belief that the unanimous ruling is unlikely to be overturned. The Atwater House, built in 1893 in the Shingle Style with a Medina sandstone porch, will…

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The Courtyard Mall/Neisners building on Main Street has seen significant changes to the exterior of late, and we are now able to see some of the direction of what the facade will look like when completed. It appears that the new facade will not be significantly different from the previous Courtyard Mall facade, the tall skinny windows on the second floor have been retained with several fake windows on the left side to remain. One of the more disappointing features of the design is at the ground floor level. The New York State Division of Parole has leased what was…

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The Buffalo News is reporting today that Buffalo is to become the headquarters for Labatt USA, brewers of regional favorite Labatt Blue beer. For once it appears that our local penchant for beer is paying off. Buffalo is one of the strongest markets for Labatt in the United States. Also helping the cause is Buffalo’s proximity to Toronto, world headquarters for Labatt. Executives and sales staff will be able to drive to meetings instead of having to fly between Toronto and Connecticut, where Labatt USA is presently located.

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View Slideshow of Tom’s Walk Every Saturday morning, I take the long walk from my North Buffalo home to my shop (Pavlov’s Togs) on Elmwood Ave. And each Saturday, I get to share with you impressions of that walk in this series of slideshows. Click on the links above to see some of what I saw this morning–shots of shopping districts, legs of Delaware Park, twists along the curly-Q bridge, stretches of residential neighborhoods, and art districts.

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