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Statler threatened. Jeweler closes. Medical building to rise.

    Buffalo. Can't figure out to do with what was once a major hotel. Losing a long-time downtown business. But can't keep up with the demand for more medical facilities.

Statler buyers face Monday deadline - The Buffalo News
   Six days and counting.
   That's how much time U.S. Bankruptcy Court has given Mark D. Croce and James J. Eagan to conclude a $700,000 sale agreement to purchase the embattled Statler Towers on the northeast corner of Niagara Square.
   That's also how much time remains for government to help save the iconic Statler and make its future redevelopment viable, Croce told The Buffalo News in discussing his plans publicly for the first time Tuesday.
   If a deal isn't completed, preservationists warn, the 18-story Statler will be heading toward demolition.
   "Our plan is to re-energize the first two floors and effectively stabilize the property to take the time to come up with an organic future redevelopment plan that will allow the building to grow as the market will bear," Croce said.
   But the historic 800,000-square-foot 1923 structure -- once the largest in adopted Buffalonian Ellsworth M. Statler's hotel chain -- needs government funding, too, Croce said. ...

96-year downtown landmark closing shop - Matt Glynn/The Buffalo News
   After 96 years in business in downtown Buffalo, Weisberg Jewelers is preparing to close its doors. Weisberg
   The business plans to end its nearly centurylong run in January after going through one final holiday shopping season, said Edward G. Wicks [right], the president....
   In 1914, the year that Weisberg Jewelers was founded, Woodrow Wilson was president, World War I was beginning, and the Boston Braves won the World Series.
   Weisberg Jewelers at one time had multiple locations. For decades, its store was a fixture of the Main Place Mall before moving to its present home at 11 Court St. about nine years ago. The store has four employees. ...
   [I was on a bus a few months ago and the driver was calling out the stops. At one point, she said, "Main Place Mall. The mall without any stores." It wasn't completely accurate. But more so than it used to be.] 

Medical complex eyed at Main, High streets - Brian Meyer/The Buffalo News
   Plans to build an $80 million medical complex at Main and High streets on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus were unveiled Tuesday in City Hall.
   “This is really the first privately held investment of this size on the medical campus,” Timothy Vaeth, a vice president at Ciminelli Real Estate, told members of the city Planning Board. ...
   One large tenant will be Kaleida Health, which plans to locate an outpatient surgery center in the building. There also will likely be an imaging center, laboratory space and medical offices. ...
   The ambulatory surgery center that Kaleida is planning would fill about one-fifth of the space in the structure. The surgery facility is viewed as the first step toward the eventual move of Women and Children’s Hospital from its Bryant Street location to the medical campus. ...

-- George Pyle/The Buffalo News

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