Brendan Mehaffy

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A "golden brick" ceremony was held Wednesday afternoon at the site of the former Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company warehouse in Buffalo's Larkinville neighborhood. The building, built in 1910, is being converted into a mixed-income apartment complex.

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For the first time in more than 60 years, the City of Buffalo has updated zoning laws on its books. The new Green Code was been signed into law by Mayor Byron Brown on Tuesday.

Development in Buffalo is about to have new rules, ranging from how many parking spaces are required for apartments to how tall buildings can be. The changes follow Tuesday's approval of the city's new Green Code by the Common Council.

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After years of effort, hundreds of meetings and thousands of residents involved, Buffalo's proposed Green Code is back before the Council for final action.

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With the Market Arcade Cinema closing Thursday night, City Hall is rushing to appoint a new operator.

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Buffalo officials were in the Central Library Tuesday night explaining how millions of dollars in federal block grant money will be spent.

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Buffalo's University Heights community is grappling with a problem familiar to most city residents: What to do with a vacant landmark school right in the middle of a residential area?

They are called Brownfield Opportunity Areas and the public is getting a chance this week to decide what to do with them.

In a series of public meetings, city officials are offering possible developments for each site and asking the public about each possibility. Then, they will be put together into a plan to be presented in September, with final decision toward the end of the year.

If all goes according to plan, the city of Buffalo should have a new zoning code on the books by the end of the year. 

The process of rewriting the antiquated and confusing set of rules got underway in September of 2010.

The public will have a chance to weigh-in on the proposal in the coming weeks.  

Brendan Mehaffy, Executive Director of Buffalo's Office of Strategic Planning, says the new guidelines will help investors, residents, and existing businesses have a better set of expectations about what fits in a neighborhood.