Preliminary work has begun on the $22.5 million project to restore car traffic to Main Street south of Exchange Street, with the entire effort expected to last into 2020 so it doesn't interrupt activities at Canalside, HarborCenter or KeyBank Center. The long-awaited Lower Main Street initiative – part of the larger Cars Sharing Main Street project from Tupper Street south to Canalside – is expected to bring more commercial activity to the area by allowing people to drive, park and access businesses there. That's intended to duplicate what officials say already happened further up Main Street after the city returned car traffic in the 500, 600 and 700 blocks. "We have worked for a number of years, since I came into office, to open up Main Street to vehicular traffic, to open up more economic opportunities for the residents of our city and our region, and it has worked," said Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown. "We've seen the economic activity that's taking place along Main … [Read more...] about Work begins to return cars to Main Street near Canalside
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Over Russ Brandon’s 20-year tenure with the Buffalo Bills, the team built extensive partnerships with local companies. They include an official bank, automotive dealer and Mediterranean restaurant.The companies receive extensive publicity by linking their brands to the team, and the Bills gain a crucial source of revenue. On May 1, however, Brandon abruptly resigned as president of both the Bills and the Sabres, following an internal investigation into his workplace conduct. It was an unceremonious fall from grace for the high-profile, well-connected executive. “I think Russ was a key figure in retaining the Buffalo Bills organization for Western New York,” said Colleen DiPirro, former president and CEO of the Amherst Chamber of Commerce, who has known Brandon personally and professionally for years. “And to making them a competitive team from a marketing and ticket sales standpoint, against much larger markets. And he added a level of dynamics to the team that … [Read more...] about Business leaders say Bills, Sabres can fill any void left by Russ Brandon’s exit
Chuck E. Cheese's likes to tout itself as a place where "a kid can be a kid." On Saturday, it was the adults who misbehaved. A heated argument at the restaurant's Amherst location on Harlem Road escalated into a physical melee involving about a half-dozen young adults, most of whom appeared to be teenage girls who are seen repeatedly pummeling each other and pulling hair. The fight was captured on a cellphone and spread quickly and widely via social media. By late afternoon on Sunday, a post on Facebook from 16 hours earlier had been viewed 220,000 times and shared 6,262 times, amassing some 1,800 comments. The fight lasted about a minute, with one person even throwing a booster seat across the room, before red-shirted restaurant employees and other bystanders were able to break it up. Company officials said the store manager "acted quickly and local police were contacted and arrived immediately." The short video does not show the arrival of the police, and officials did not say if … [Read more...] about WATCH: Wild brawl between young women breaks out at Upstate NY Chuck E. Cheese
With CannonDesign looking into the possibility of leaving Grand Island, the Grand Island Town Board is starting to make a wish list for the site. Grand Island Supervisor Nathan McMurray stressed that Cannon isn’t moving at this point, but he said he did reach out to the company after a recent news report suggested the company is looking at real estate in Buffalo. The board agreed Monday they’d like to take a tour of the site. "I talked to them and they seem pretty serious about moving, although it's not imminent" said McMurray. "They can sell off that property easily, but it may not be for what you want it to be. That is prime real estate. If the town doesn't take advantage of it, others will." "The reason (CannonDesign is considering) leaving has nothing to do with Grand Island, it's the fact that they are building major infrastructure in Buffalo and they want to be close to the hundreds of millions of dollars in structures they are creating in Buffalo," he said. … [Read more...] about Could CannonDesign leave Grand Island?
The 1892 European-inspired Market Arcade, which was purchased and renovated by developer Nick Sinatra in 2013, has been called a "show stopper" and "real Buffalo success story." (Just look at these photos of what's been called "the most ornamental commercial building downtown.") But could it and some future redevelopment projects in Buffalo be in trouble? Sinatra's companies, whose past or pending redevelopment projects include McCarley Gardens, Phoenix Brewery Apartments, Fenton Village apartments, and the former Women's and Children's Hospital site, owes the City of Buffalo and Erie County a total of $822,716 in back taxes for properties across Western New York, The News' Jonathan D. Epstein and Mark Sommer reported Thursday. Sinatra contacted The News on Friday to say that he had paid all of his city taxes and that the remaining taxes would be paid by the end of next week. Since the story was published, readers have asked about late fees and tax credits, so we … [Read more...] about You asked, we answered: When will Nick Sinatra pay taxes his companies owe?