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“Arts on the Rise”

Artists have long pioneered the rebirth of hard-hit urban districts, but rarely as part of a larger vision for social welfare. Last month, the Ford Foundation announced a bold effort aimed at offering just that kind of neighborhood-based support: a $100 million program to help fund new and rehabilitated theaters, museums, galleries, and live/work spaces..

“M&T Unveils New-Look Bank Branch”

The newest M&T Bank branch in Western New York opened this week in West Seneca’s Southgate Plaza. The 9,100-square-feet building shows off the bank’s new design model, which will be replicated in future new-branch construction. It sits on the site of a demolished Citibank N.A. office, which M&T acquired in 2006. Bank officials said M&T’s..

“Rebooting the Burbs”

Late last year, Tom Suozzi, the progressive Nassau County Executive, took stock of the surrounding landscape of aging suburbs and derelict downtowns. This bastion of single-family homes, he found, had reached a terminal state. “Nassau County has stopped growing,” he declared in an appeal to civic and business leaders. “We are suburban sprawled.” In response,..

“Architecture, Engineering Strive for Better Efficiency”

What sort of growth and/or expansion do you foresee in the architecture and/or engineering professions when the economy finally begins a solid turnaround? Thomas Jaeger, president, Kideney Architects, Amherst: With increased confidence in the economy, architects and engineers will likely see changes to provide services in three main areas: • Deferred maintenance for facilities owned..


“Downstate Co. Pays $1.2M for Main St. Site”

The redevelopment of the Packard Building, a historic Main Street structure, is expected to begin within the next few weeks now that the building has officially changed hands. Regan Development from Westchester County has acquired, the three-story, 70,000-square-foot building, paying $1.2 million. The deal closed may 7. In a series of transactions, Cash Realty of..

“Packard Building Reformation Moves Ahead”

The downstate firm that hopes to transform the historic Packard Building in Buffalo into apartments has begun to assemble its development team. Regan Development Corp. of Ardsley, which is overseeing the $4.5 million project, has retained Hamilton Houston Lownie Architects of Buffalo to serve as project architect. Other members of the development team include: Stohl..

“Planning Board Signs on for Canisius Plan”

Canisius High School received unanimous approval Tuesday from the Buffalo Planning Board for a proposed $14 million expansion. The plan calls for the demolition of Frauenheim Hall, which will be replaced by a 26,000-square-foot fieldhouse and a 27,000-square-foot to the Beecher Classroom wing for additional math and science classrooms. The planning board approval was the..