What’s Happening This Week in Buffalo Niagara Business


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MVAH Partners from Cincinnati and Belmont Housing Resources for Western New York – the developers behind the proposed $50.6 million Main Street Lofts project – ask the Buffalo Planning Council Monday for another 180 days to finalize their plan to combine multiple properties for the business, which will be located on a 2.1-acre site bounded by Main Street, Masten Avenue and East Balcom Street.

The project, which includes 1681-1689, 1703 and 1707 Main Street, would include a five-story building with 140 affordable one- and two-bedroom apartments and two smaller two-story buildings with seven three-bedroom townhouses. The city gave initial approval for the lot consolidation a year ago, but the developers are still working to obtain further approvals and certifications, according to their attorney.

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Privileged parking service of Charlotte, North Carolina, wants to create a new paid surface public parking lot at 179 Louisiana St. in the Old First Ward, on 1.3 acres of vacant and unused land owned by the rail operator CSX Corp.., at the corner of Louisiana and Republic streets near Ohio Street and the Buffalo River. Companies are seeking land use and acreage variances from the Buffalo Zoning Appeal Board and a determination of coastal consistency from the Buffalo Planning Council.

Made from buffalo Savarino companies also seeks a “waterfront consistency review” from the Planning Board on Monday for its $15 million construction project in 1 and 18 Howell Street. in North Buffalo, on the banks of Scajaquada Creek. The company proposes to redevelop an abandoned, fire-damaged former industrial property by demolishing the two-story structure at 1 Howell and replacing it with a four-story apartment building.

The 60,535-square-foot building would feature 55 one-bedroom apartments and 11 two-bedroom units on four stories, above a level of 43 semi-submerged parking spaces. There are also 11 surface parking spaces, but Savarino has also agreed to purchase vacant city-owned land across the street at 18 Howell – initially to provide 33 additional parking spaces, but now it will include seven attached townhouses with attached garages, plus 13 additional parking spaces.

West Falls Corner Market Render

A rendering of the renovated West Falls Corner Market in the city of Aurora at 1045 Davis Road.

Aurora Planning Board

Meanwhile, in the City of Aurora, Randy Gil of Tonawanda – through its WNY West Falls – wants to renovate the West Falls Corner Market at 1045 Davis Road, on property he purchased from Marc Capretto. It will include a beer cellar, cooler, freezers, deli counter, raised front patios and gas pumps. Plans by Robert F. Kasprzak of K1 Architecture in Buffalo call for a manufactured stone veneer facade, vinyl siding, stucco and repainted concrete block. The Aurora City Planning Board will consider the proposal on February 1.

Front elevation of West Falls Corner Market

The proposed front facade of the renovated West Falls Corner Market in the Town of Aurora at 1045 Davis Road.

Aurora Planning Board

In the City of Hamburgdevelopers Retail in Hamburg and 3800 Hoover Roadrespectively, seek city planning board advice on the “sketch plan” on February 1 on proposals to build a nine-unit apartment project at 4100 St. Francis Drive and 3800 Hoover Road.

The commission will also consider an application for a special use permit by Hutton ST 21 for a car wash at 5363 Southwestern Blvd., while holding a public hearing on by David Manko application for site plan approval for Phase 4 of its Mission Hills development, on the east side of Camp Road. Manko also offers a housing development on the west side of Parker Road, south of Big Tree Road.

further north, Quattro Development proposes to build Take 5 Auto Repair on land owned by Hospitality Syracuse at 5687 Transit Road in the Town of Lockport. The developer is requesting a special use permit, multiple zoning variances, an architectural review, and planning board site plan approval. Lockport officials on February 7 and 21 will also review a plan by Doug Hammond for a set of 10 single-family homes on Tonawanda Creek Road.

Financial institutions, the parent company of Five Star Bank, is expected to release its fourth quarter and full year results on Monday.

Moog Inc. will hold its annual meeting, in virtual format, on Tuesday. The Elma-based manufacturer is preparing for a CEO change, as John Scannell retires and Patrick Roche is promoted to chief operating officer. Scannell will serve as non-executive chairman of Moog.

Niagara University to host White House Correspondent April Ryan as a guest speaker for his annual celebration of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Wednesday. The presentation will take place at 5 p.m. at the Russell J. Salvatore Dining Commons on the Niagara University campus. The event is free and open to the public. Ryan is a political analyst for CNN and Washington, DC bureau chief for TheGrio.

Buffalo Niagara World Trade Center will host its 2023 Economic Outlook from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Thursday at Jazzboline, 5010 Main St. in Amherst. Guest speakers are Marc Chandler, Chief Economist of Bannockburn Global Forex, and Tom Kucharski, President and CEO of Invest Buffalo Niagara. The cost is $40 for WTCBN members and $50 for non-members, and includes breakfast.

Evans Bank is expected to release its fourth-quarter and full-year results on Thursday.

84 Wood, a Pennsylvania-based building materials company, will host a hiring event Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 2286 Military Road in Tonawanda. It is seeking to fill eight positions at its East Amherst and Tonawanda locations, including management trainees, truck drivers, truck driver helpers and construction workers.

SUNY Fredonia students who served in medical brigades in Honduras the first week of January will outline their experience to the public on Friday during an informal program at 3 p.m. in the Science Center’s Kelly Family Auditorium, Room 105.


Keep up to date with the latest economic news from Buffalo Niagara:

Two state legislators are criticize tax breaks given to two fast food projects in Niagara Falls.

A new solar farm is in preparation for Amherst.

Bethune Lofts condo conversion project in Buffalo began.

A new development of townhouses is in preparation for Springville

A top Buffalo Sabers executive is gone after hiring a new CEO.

A Buffalo lab has been licensed by the state to perform cannabis testing.

The 22nd Century Group is buy a cannabis business UK.

Tesla provided the latest update about its solar energy business and its Buffalo plant.

Hilbert College buy a small career-oriented college with campuses in West Virginia and Ohio.

Norstar Development is sell its small downtown headquarters.

Do you want to buy a primary school? The Tonawanda City School District is selling two.

Amherst’s snack maker, Mister Snacks, is acquired by a Pennsylvania company that is stopping its local activities.

TopSeedz and Linita Design are each online for $750,000 in low interest loans of a branch of the Erie County Industrial Development Agency.

If it wasn’t enough that a suspicious fire caused extensive damage to the former Buffalo Grand Hotel over a year ago, now water damage caused during the blizzard worsen things.

Evergreen Health plans to expand in East Buffalo.

The village of Lancaster receives $4.5 million in public funds for downtown revitalization efforts.

The details are starting to come out a new contract with Buffalo Bills Stadium.


Five reads from Buffalo Next:

1. Niagara University expands its food marketing program with the ‘who’s who’ of industry leaders: Western New York has some 1,200 businesses involved in the manufacturing, distribution, retail and/or warehousing of food products, placing it among the top five industry markets in the nationwide, according to the Niagara Food Marketing Center of Excellence.

2. Why Buffalo Niagara’s labor shortage is still the biggest driver of slow hiringg: The Department of Labor reported that the region added 1,800 jobs in December – a timid increase which, if continued, would mean it would take another 14 months before the region regained all of its lost jobs.

3. How a Buffalo nurse forged lasting bonds with Tops employees after a mass shooting: Trinetta Alston, a licensed practical nurse at the Buffalo Community Health Center, has been working with Tops employees since May 16, just two days after the mass shooting at the Jefferson Avenue store.

4. Damar Hamlin’s Chasing M’s Foundation isn’t so small anymore. With donations pouring in since Buffalo Bills safety suffered cardiac arrest in a Jan. 2 game, the foundation must now make fundamental changes to manage and distribute its assets and provide proper oversight, experts say. .

5. For looted stores, a costly recovery: Stores looted in December blizzard scramble to reopen. But the process is complex and the insurance does not always cover the costs.

The Buffalo Next team gives you an overview of the region’s economic revitalization. Email tips to [email protected] or contact Buffalo Next editor David Robinson at 716-849-4435.

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