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Month: February 2020

Feb 2020

Niagara County pushing to change state laws that help solar and wind developers

At every every Niagara County Legislative meeting over the past year, the group Cambria Opposition to Industrial Solar has made their presence known. The group is against a massive solar facility in their community called, Bear Ridge Solar Project. The developers of the project have held public meetings to listen to neighbors, but any large …

Feb 2020

From lockup to fine living: Jemal plans historic renovation of police HQ

After decades booking and hosting prisoners, Buffalo’s old police headquarters on Franklin Street will soon have an assortment of new residents – who actually chose to be there. The former administration building for Buffalo’s finest will soon be turned into 130 studio and one-bedroom apartments, under plans submitted by new owner Douglas Jemal to the …

Feb 2020

Our View: Time for Maine Legislature to shine light on ‘dark store theory’

Pick any time of the day or week, and you’ll find your nearby big-box store humming with activity. Cars in the parking lot. Lines at the registers. The steady beep of items being scanned. But when it comes time to pay the tax bill, the corporations that run these stores are asking communities to act …

Feb 2020

This is Home: Buffalo’s housing market is hot

Western New Yorkers shopping for a home this spring should be ready for some stiff competition, because the spring housing market has already sprung. That’s due to a number of factors.  The labor market is strong, mortgage rates are low, the pool of would-be millennial buyers is growing, and baby boomers are choosing to stay …

Feb 2020

NY legislators take aim at tax break ‘misused’ in Syracuse, other cities

State legislators are taking another shot at closing a tax loophole that developers in Syracuse and elsewhere have used to avoid paying millions in property taxes. The Assembly on Thursday passed legislation that would add strict new rules for a tax break intended to spur the reuse of old commercial buildings. Similar legislation in 2019 …

Feb 2020

Appraisers are Valuable Resource in Property Tax Appeals, Appraisal Institute Says

When appealing their property taxes – which can be among their largest annual expenses – homeowners should consider hiring an experienced local appraiser who can help navigate the process, the nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers said today. “Homeowners should know that when errors are made in how local governments calculate a homeowner’s …

Feb 2020

New data shows Buffalo area is ideal for millennial homebuyers

New data shows the Queen City is becoming more attractive to young people. Last spring, data collected by the National Association of Realtors showed 42% of homes in the Buffalo-Niagara Falls-Cheektowaga areas are affordable for millennials. One reason given has to do with wages and mortgages. The association said people are making more money while …

Feb 2020

From funeral home to Taco Bell in South Buffalo

A longtime South Buffalo funeral home could be destined to become… a Taco Bell restaurant. A developer and architect from Kansas – working with Rochester project manager Ray Trotta of Holland Trotta Project – are proposing to replace the former Quinn-Amigone Funeral Home at 184 Abbott Road with a new quick-service restaurant and drive-thru. They’re …

Feb 2020

Plans unveiled for 65 apartments at Richardson Olmsted Campus

The next rehabilitation on the Richardson Olmsted Campus will consist of 65 moderate-income apartments in two historic buildings. Savarino Cos., the developer of the apartments, which are connected to the eastern wing of Hotel Henry, gave the community its first glimpse of the preliminary plans Thursday at a meeting at nearby SUNY Buffalo State. There …

Feb 2020

Tonawanda approves tax break criticized elsewhere

The City of Tonawanda will begin to participate in a program that offers lucrative tax breaks for mixed-use projects but critics say is too easy for developers to manipulate. The Common Council recently adopted the state’s 485-a property tax exemption. Supporters say the program encourages construction of residential and commercial space in vacant or little-used …