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The continuing bureaucratic pathway for a giant affordable housing complex at 201 Ellicott St. in Buffalo is again exposing the struggle over whether there is enough parking downtown, as more and more people live and work in the Central Business District.


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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.

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Buffalo's Zoning Board of Appeals is used to protesting opponents of projects and the zoning variances needed to build so many of them. On Wednesday, a large group of carpenter union members showed up to protest the variances for a signature project on Jefferson Avenue.

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City Hall is looking to ease some of the rules of Buffalo's Green Code to get work started again on the former Millard Fillmore Gates Circle hospital site.

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Another large building for Canalside appears closer to reality, after the city Zoning Board of Appeals on Wednesday approved a series of waivers to the Green Code, while ordering one significant change in the design, for a structure known as The Longshed.

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Nardin Academy took another step forward in its plan to build a new sports complex on its Cleveland Avenue campus.

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Some of the Elmwood Village's most prominent development critics backed a Gates Circle project Wednesday, resulting in a Buffalo Zoning Board of Appeals approval.

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The Buffalo Preservation Board has recommended against demolishing two buildings on West Delavan Avenue to make way for new structures.

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Buffalo Common Councilmembers are looking at potential changes to the city's development approval process because it is so intricate it can lock up. Council President Darius G. Pridgen says the process can be inconvenient for residents trying to monitor a project.

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Anyone who has dealt with the building approval system in Buffalo City Hall knows it is complicated, tangled and somewhat circular. That could show at Tuesday afternoon's Common Council Legislation Committee, as NOCO asks for a zoning change for a house and double lot it recently bought on Elmwood Avenue.

Buffalo Office of Strategic Planning

Buffalo is coming closer to completing development rules for the city's waterways.  While waterfront development often focuses on the shorelines of Lake Erie, the new rules would also take into account properties near Scajaquada Creek.


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Development projects in Buffalo have become increasingly noisy as they move through the city review process. On almost every project there is a group of opponents who point out the many Green Code exemptions being approved to allow a project to move forward. A charter school expansion in South Buffalo is now facing those complaints, plus concerns over a Native American burial ground.

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Some time this summer, the parking lot at Elmwood Avenue and Bryant Street will start looking like a giant hole in the ground, as environmental cleanup and construction work starts on a major mixed-use building. It is the first sign of re-purposing Buffalo's old Women and Children's Hospital site.


Daniel Sack

Many buildings in Buffalo are covered with what looks like stucco, but it is usually called Dryvit. Dryvit is part of a product line called Exterior Insulation and Finish System, more often called EIFS. Use of the material is now banned in much of the city under the Green Code, but there is a fight to lift that ban.

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Some Buffalo Common Councilmembers say they are trying to clean up mistakes in the city's new Green Code, thousands of pages of minutiae about neighborhoods, almost down to every house.

Ontario Specialty Contracting

Buffalo's Green Code and federal law collided before the city Planning Board Tuesday in a dispute over planned commercial space on an old chemical plant site in South Buffalo.

Eileen Elibol

The Democratic primary election for Buffalo Mayor is Tuesday and the tension in the race seemed to make Wednesday night's debate in the WNED|WBFO studio a little angrier.

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Opponents have won the latest round in a year-long battle to stop a proposed 23-story apartment complex on Buffalo's Outer Harbor.

Catherine Herrick

Some pockets of Buffalo are buzzing thanks to urban redevelopment of an unexpected kind. The recently implemented Green Code has officially legalized what used to be an underground practice in the city of Buffalo: urban beekeeping. Residents have found an array of uses for it, from gardening and education to revitalization of neglected urban landmarks.

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Buffalo's Planning Board cleared its desk before breaking for its August vacation by approving the controversial Dash's Market expansion on Hertel Avenue.

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.


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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. 

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A section of North Buffalo will be very different if a massive new apartment complex is built. The property at the corner of Main  Street and Hertel Avenue is working through the city's regulatory process.

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.


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Despite complaints from some that two proposed buildings on Jefferson Avenue violated the spirit and the letter of Buffalo's new Green Code, the Zoning Board of Appeals Wednesday approved zoning variances to allow the $20 million mixed-use project.

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The Ciminelli Real Estate Corporation has announced that it is pulling all demolition permits for its Arbor and Reverie project in the Elmwood Bidwell neighborhood.

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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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.

It's been debated and revised for nearly seven years, but Jim Fink of Business First says Buffalo's new Green Code was "worth it." During WBFO's Press Pass, Fink says the city "needed to get into the 21st century from a planning, zoning, development standpoint."


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