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The economic toll of the pandemic shows everywhere, but more so in the hospitality industry, with the lists of laid-off workers, closed hotels and losses of tax revenue locally and across the state.

Is a new casino on Buffalo's horizon?

May 29, 2020
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The new owner of Statler City admits he has “no plan” for the former hotel in downtown Buffalo. But as WBFO’s Chris Caya reports, the Washington based developer may end up rolling the dice and giving the Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino a run for its money.  

A recent study offered two options for the future of the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center: the razing of the current facility with new construction on the current site, or a space near KeyBank Center. Jim Fink of Business First has been looking at an option offered by Mark Croce, owner of Statler City, which calls for expansion of the Convention Center. An additional floor would be added and attached across Franklin Street into Statler City. While the proposal isn't perfect, Fink points out how it would avoid the costly expense of land acquisition associated with the other plans.


The Scintas have been a musical staple from Buffalo's West Side for decades. However this year, the family is mourning the loss of one of their own.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

There have been plenty of renovations happening inside Statler City since Mark Croce bought the downtown landmark in 2011. This year, he says, those walking or driving by will see noticeable changes outside the 94-year-old building.

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More progress is being made in the restoration of the historic Statler City building. Construction workers are now taking apart the powered scaffold system on the Delaware Avenue side of the structure where they've been repairing terra cotta elements in the facade.

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Developer Mark Croce is offering one floor of the Statler to help convince the University at Buffalo to return its Law School downtown.

Curtiss Building continues transformation into luxury hotel

Oct 5, 2015
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The old Curtiss Building on Franklin Street doesn't look a lot different these days on the outside, but its developer Mark Croce promises it's going to be a truly luxurious hotel.

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One of Buffalo’s most beloved critters has made his final flight.

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Exterior restoration work on the Statler City building on Niagara Square is moving forward, now that $5.3 million in state development funding has been made available to developer Mark Croce.