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The City of Buffalo has completed the sale of a key piece of downtown land that will be used for a major mixed-use development.

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It has been almost three years since Ciminelli Real Estate was named the designated developer for the parking lot at 201 Ellicott St. in downtown Buffalo. Tuesday afternoon, the Common Council is likely to approve selling the city-owned site to Ciminelli, clearing the way for development.

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The fight over parking for the proposed major affordable housing in the heart of downtown Buffalo continued Monday before the city Planning Board.

The planned Ciminelli Real Estate development at 201 Ellicott in downtown Buffalo may call for 201 apartments of affordable housing, but most of the talk before the city Zoning Board of Appeals Wednesday revolved around parking.

The Ciminelli Real Estate plan for 201 Ellicott St. in downtown Buffalo is drawing criticism from a future neighbor. Rocco Termini, owner of the nearby Hotel Lafayette, opposes the project: “Don’t put this in the central business district of the city of Buffalo.” During WBFO’s Press Pass, Termini outlines his objections in a lengthy critique that is likely to prompt debate over walkable communities and the path forward for future downtown development.


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When downtown Buffalo was at its lowest, parking wasn't a problem. Now, with development and the Green Code not having mandatory parking requirements, the challenges are increasing.

A Hamburg grocery store will open a major supermarket in downtown Buffalo. Braymiller Market has been chosen to operate a new retail store and wholesale operation at 201 Ellicott Street, near the Central Library.

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Buffalo's Common Council had actually taken a vote Tuesday on a long-running fight over development on one of the last open parcels of city waterfront land...when a deal fell apart.

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What was supposed to be a major luxury housing addition to downtown Buffalo, with a large Tops market and other amenities including underground parking, will now be 201 units of affordable housing and a fresh food market.

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A decision on one of the last developable pieces of land on the Buffalo waterfront was delayed again Tuesday, as the process moves from four to five years.

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Niagara Street has changed a lot in recent years and will continue to change, according to experts speaking to a large crowd Wednesday night at the Rich Products Atrium on Niagara Street.

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For supporters of Buffalo's Elmwood Village, the good news is major development along the popular shopping strip. The bad news is that there are a lot of vacant storefronts. However, there is a push to figure out why the gap.

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Kaleida Health has replaced Ciminelli Real Estate with Nick Sinatra of Sinatra & Company and Ellicott Development, owned by Carl and William Paladino, to redevelop the Women and Children’s Hospital site off Elmwood Avenue on Bryant Street in Buffalo, once it becomes vacant.

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.

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One of the largest housing developments in Buffalo in decades took another step forward Monday, before the city Planning Board.

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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.


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.

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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.


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Even with little notice of a plan for massive building demolitions in the Elmwood Village, the Buffalo Preservation Board's relatively small conference room overflowed into the hallways Thursday with opponents of the plan. In the end, the board needed to delay a final decision for two weeks for legal reasons.


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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.

A soccer complex, retail and public spaces could emerge along Bryant Street in the coming years. The features are part of a $122-million plan for the site of Women & Children's Hospital once its vacated in 2017. Kaleida Health's board of directors favored the proposal in naming Ciminelli Real Estate as the site's designated developer.

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Ciminelli Real Estate has agreed to be the City of Buffalo's "designated developer" for the 201 Ellicott Street project. The site, across from the Hotel Lafayette, has been a city-owned parking lot for decades.

Press Pass: Recalling a dismal day in downtown history

Mar 17, 2015

For many local residents it was a Saint Patrick's Day they would like to forget. On March 17, 1995, the doors closed for good on what was once AM&A's department store on Main Street. "It was probably the lowest point in downtown Buffalo," said Jim Fink of Business First during his monthly appearance on WBFO's Press Pass. For Fink, the anniversary serves as a reminder of how downtown life is on the upswing.