Elmwood Village

Chris Caya WBFO News

The former Women and Children's Hospital is in new hands. Kaleida Health sold the property just a few days after successfully moving into the new Oishei Children's Hospital on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. A pair of local developers are partnering to breathe new life into the old hospital site in the Elmwood Village. 

WBFO's Mike Desmond

Labor Day and the first day of school are in sight, but the Elmwood Festival of the Arts celebrated the last big summer fest of the year with a big crowd.

Chason Affinity

After 30 years of plans and altered plans and new plans, the way may finally be clear for a major construction project at Elmwood and Forest avenues, replacing buildings past their prime. However, there is almost certain to be a lawsuit against the Chason Affinity project.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

The Buffalo Zoning Board of Appeals began its day Wednesday in a meeting room high up in City Hall and finished late in the evening in a sweltering Common Council Chamber, dark from some light bulbs that were not working. In the end, the board approved a controversial grocery store on Hertel Avenue and a major residential development at Elmwood and Forest.


Overwhelmed by the material from nearly three hours of public hearing yesterday, the city's Zoning Board of Appeals tabled a decision on the planned Chason Affinity project at Elmwood and Forest.


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An Elmwood Village gateway appears to be on the verge of a major overhaul. The City of Buffalo's Planning Board has accepted the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the southeast corner of Elmwood and Forest Avenues. But one critic says the proposed project does not follow the city's building code. 

City residents and some elected officials are pushing hard for Buffalo's new Green Code to be enforced on a number of massive projects developing in the Elmwood Village.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

There is a new version of a proposed development at Forest and Elmwood avenues, with developer Chason Affinity cutting its proposal substantially to deal with community anger and Buffalo's new Green Code rules.


Ciminelli Real Estate

It wasn't a comfortable room for developers of a planned project for the corner of Elmwood and Potomac Thursday night. Ciminelli Real Estate presented the latest version of its Reverie project to Elmwood Village residents steadfast in their opposition to the development.


Photo courtesy of Assemblyman Sean Ryan

Another large crowd turned out last night in Buffalo Seminary for a discussion of development at Elmwood and Forest.  They were there to see Assemblyman Sean Ryan's his alternative to Chason Affinity's plan for the highly visible corner.


Two development projects proposed for the Elmwood Village have faced intense criticism from nearby residents. Jim Fink, who covers development issues for Business First, acknowledges the pride that residents have for their Elmwood Avenue neighborhood. But during WBFO's Press Pass, Fink defends the developers, arguing that they have adapted their plans in response to local concerns.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

The decades of fighting over development in the Elmwood Village haveoften  involved a group objecting to the plan of a developer for a particular piece of property. A new strategy, led by New York State Assemblymember Sean Ryan, proposes an alternative to Chason Affinity's plan for Elmwood and Forest avenues.

rendering from Ciminelli Real Estate

Ciminelli Real Estate has pulled back part of its ambitious $40 million development near Elmwood and Bidwell. The developer, however, remains committed to building its Reverie project at Elmwood and Potomac.


WBFO's Mike Desmond

An offshoot of the fight over Ciminelli Real Estate's shrinking plan for developments around Elmwood and Bidwell spilled over into some shouting and screaming during Thursday's Preservation Board meeting.

Chris Caya WBFO News

Ciminelli Real Estate Corporation's controversial Elmwood Village project is undergoing a "major shift." The Williamsville based company is pulling its demolition permits for the Arbor site, on the west side of Elmwood Avenue, between Potomac and Bidwell.

Chris Caya / WBFO News

A developer's plan to put a hole in the heart of the Elmwood Village is not sitting well with local residents.


Ciminelli Real Estate

With the Buffalo Preservation Board meeting Thursday to listen to a request for massive demolitions in the Elmwood and Bidwell area, opponents are demonstrating Wednesday against the plan.

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The Elmwood Village appears to be splitting over yet another proposal for a massive development at Elmwood and Forest. The Chason Affinity project would replace 12 aging structures with a five-story housing and retail complex.


Depending on the time, location and subject, public hearings can be sleepy affairs, or they can be contentious events with opponents and proponents engaged in emotional confrontations. While Jim Fink of Business First decries the frequency of "personal attacks" at recent public hearings, he believes the events are important. Fink cites as the most poignant example the public's role in stopping a Bass Pro superstore, allowing for the dynamic growth of the city's waterfront.


Ciminelli Real Estate

Ciminelli Real Estate has unveiled plans for a mixed-use development project slated to transform 11 properties in the area of Bidwell Parkway, Elmwood and Potomac Avenues in the City of Buffalo.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

The public will get more opportunities to weigh in on the five-story mixed-use development proposed for the corner of Elmwood and Forest Avenues in Buffalo. The City Planning Board Monday decided the 57-unit project must have a full environmental impact review and public hearings before moving forward.

A state assemblymember is pushing back against a string of major development plans in the Elmwood Village, arguing it is damaging a livable and walkable community.

Chris Caya WBFO News

The busy Elmwood Village will soon have hundreds of additional parking spaces.

Buffalo Public Works Commissioner, Steve Stepniak says, under a new "seasonal parking plan" vehicles can park on both sides of the street in summer months. Stepniak says, new signs are being posted on 17 side-streets. 

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You might say that late local music legend Lance Diamond is getting his own "way" on Elmwood Avenue.

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The city's Zoning Board of Appeals yesterday rejected construction of a large apartment building in the midst of a historic Elmwood Village neighborhood.


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Nine power outages are being reported by National Grid as the Buffalo metro area experiences the beginning of its first major snowstorm of the season.

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Buffalo saw another successful year of Small Business Saturday shopping thanks, in part, to an influx of suburban shoppers and a shuttle to alleviate parking woes. WBFO visited vendors in one of the city’s most popular small business strips, the Elmwood Village.

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Buffalo's list of historic districts is growing.

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The new bronze sculpture "Eden" near Elmwood and Bidwell is reinforcing the image of the Elmwood Village as a neighborhood with a strong cultural base.


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There is a new attraction on the Elmwood Strip. Judith Shea's massive bronze sculpture "Eden" was unveiled on Wednesday.


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