Rocco Termini

A downtown developer has filed suit to stop a nearby parking lot from being used as a site for new apartments and a grocery store.

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.

Rocco Termini

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is clearing the way for another old and dirty building being turned into modern commercial space in a North Buffalo area so filled with projects of one developer it could be called Termini Town.

Rocco Termini

There is yet another craft brewery on the way, in a planned neighborhood for millennial entrepreneurs in North Buffalo.

Rocco Termini

What's now an old industrial building on Chandler Street, filled with debris and old oil and with a roof which burned off years ago, is slated to be a home for software developers by July. It's developer Rocco Termini's latest project in his Pierce Arrow neighborhood along the railroad Belt Line in North Buffalo.


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A Buffalo landmark will be getting a new use as home for 107 new apartments. It's a building familiar to most people who travel on Elmwood Avenue in North Buffalo: the Pierce-Arrow administration building.


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A writer, a professor, and a developer walk into a bar. There’s no punch line to follow because that’s actually what happened during a panel discussion on Tuesday night at Allentown Hardware. The main question – is Buffalo getting its mojo back?


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Catholic Health recently opened its new headquarters on the edge of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. But, its cafeteria can't hold what will be 700 building workers by August, prompting the emergence of new food offerings to meet that demand.

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Preservationists at a public meeting Thursday night argued the Trico plant on the edge of downtown Buffalo should be saved and could be a real asset to the adjacent Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.

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A local developer is continuing to push a unique plan for revitalizing downtown Buffalo's central business district.

Another Downtown Buffalo landmark may soon be undergoing a massive renovation.

If everything goes right for developer Rocco Termini, the block of Washington Street between Lafayette Square and Eagle Street might have another of his successful historic rehabilitation projects.

In anticipation of Governor Cuomo signing legislation to increase tax credits on historic preservation rehabs, the Signature Development president has started the process for a $60 million rehab of the old AM&A's  department store, adding retail, hotel, offices and apartments.

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It was a scene out of another age Tuesday night, as guests in evening dress pulled up to the Washington Street door of the Lafayette Hotel, now known as Hotel @ the Lafayette.

Guests had their doors opened by uniformed valets and entered the marble lobby as the doors were opened by uniformed staff members. It wasn't quite like the days when the hotel opened more than a century ago, but it was symbolic.

Buffalo lawmakers get tour of Lafayette, and a request

Jan 12, 2012
Photo by Michael Mroziak

Buffalo lawmakers got a firsthand look at a massive renovation and restoration underway inside the historic Lafayette Hotel.  There's a reason why developer Rocco Termini invited Buffalo Common Councilmembers on the tour.  He's not looking for money but does need their blessing to buy a neighboring alley space.

"We will be putting some decks out there, just like you see at the Pearl Street Brewery, so that when people have their banquets at Pearl Street's facility here, they'll be able to use those decks," said Termini to reporters who also went on the tour.