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Old July 19th, 2016, 05:37 PM   #21
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Queen City Landing: Construction equipment has been coming on site over the past couple of days. This morning I spotted a red dump truck and a couple excavators and a Bobcat bulldozer. A van was driving around the site as well.
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Old August 22nd, 2016, 09:39 PM   #22
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They finally are starting to tear out windows and certain parts of the facade.
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Old September 10th, 2016, 04:08 AM   #23
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While the glass block windows are being torn out, there's a lawsuit against the tower, as in typical Buffalo fashion. I can't find the story anywhere but it was on Channel 2 and they said the decision from the judge comes next week.
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Old September 15th, 2016, 05:40 AM   #24
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First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they fight you. Then you win.

Judge backs Queen City Landing, throws out challenge to project

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In a ruling issued late Wednesday, a State Supreme Court Justice has ruled that the Queen City Landing development was properly vetted by various Buffalo agencies and that work on the multi-million waterfront apartment complex can proceed.

The ruling by State Supreme Court Justice Donna Siwek is considered a major victory for Queen City Landing developer Gerry Buchheit and a blow to four Buffalo residents along the Buffalo Niagara Riverkeepers who alleged the city’s approval process for the 23-story Fuhrmann Boulevard residential tower.

“Personally, I am elated with the judge’s decision,” Buchheit said when contacted by Business First.

The residents, Margaret Wooster, Jay Burney, James Carr and Lynda Stephens, along with the Buffalo Niagara Riverkeepers filed the suit against the City of Buffalo and Buchheit in July, alleging that Queen City Landing’s approval was fast-tracked and not properly reviewed, especially for environmental concerns.

Not so, Justic Siwek ruled.

Queen City Landing was the subject of several public hearings and meetings. Buchheit’s environmental review was inches-thick and heavily detailed.

Arthur Giacalone, the Buffalo attorney who represented Wooster, Burney, Carr and Stephens, said he had not yet read Siwek’s decision and declined to comment.

Sources said an appeal may be filed.

Asbestos removal and other remediation work on the Queen City Landing project began this summer, shortly after Buchheit received his final approvals from the Buffalo Common Council and Buffalo Planning Board. That work is due to be completed in the next few weeks with demolition to follow later this fall.

In its 23 stories, Queen City Landing - set for the long vacant, former Freezer Queen warehouse just south of the Safe Water Marina and the nearly 400-acre Outer Harbor property - will be anchored by 200 market rate apartments, two restaurants, a fitness center and attached parking garage.

Originally pegged at $60 million, Buchheit said the final development cost may approach $85 million.
http://www.bizjournals.com/buffalo/n...276&j=75788012
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Old September 22nd, 2016, 06:36 AM   #25
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Can confirm demolition has started on a small portion of the western facade...
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Old September 22nd, 2016, 09:29 PM   #26
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The show's not over yet, folks.

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Environmentalists seek to reverse ruling allowing 23-story condo on Buffalo’s Outer Harbor

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The legal battle over a proposed 23-story condominium on the former Freezer Queen site on Buffalo’s Outer Harbor isn’t over yet.

Four environmentalists announced Thursday their intent to appeal state Supreme Court Judge Donna Siwek’s ruling that found environmental reviews by developers and the City of Buffalo for the proposed Queen City Landing project were sufficient.

“We believe that New York’s appellate courts insist on a higher standard of environmental review than what occurred at the city’s planning board and common council,” said Arthur J. Giacalone, their attorney.

The four are Margaret Wooster, Jay Burney, Lynda Stephens and James E. Carr.

Giacalone, in a statement, said while his clients “greatly respect Judge Siwek, her impressive work ethic and court demeanor,” they don’t agree with her finding that the more than $60 million project was properly reviewed for its potential adverse effects on the environment.
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Old October 26th, 2016, 11:20 PM   #27
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Old November 6th, 2016, 12:42 AM   #28
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Old November 12th, 2016, 12:16 AM   #29
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With the demolition of the former Freezer Queen warehouse nearing completion, the developers behind the Queen City Landing waterfront apartment complex are focusing on the next phase of the $85 million project.

Developer Gerry Buchheit said he hopes to start brownfield remediation on the Fuhrmann Boulevard property shortly after the Thanksgiving holiday.

Demolition of the sprawling former warehouse — long considered an eyesore of Buffalo’s waterfront — is less than three weeks from completion, Buchheit said. Only portions of the steel frame and limited amounts of its white-painted concrete exterior remain.

“It’s going as expected,” Buchheit said.

The demolition began earlier this fall and is one of the first phases of Buchheit’s 23-story, 199-unit project, set for just beyond the Buffalo Harbor State Park.
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Old December 2nd, 2016, 11:13 PM   #30
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In the picture above, none of that remains today; it's all rubble now. Only a tiny portion of the building remains and I would expect the whole thing to be gone by the end of next week.

Queen City Landing updates: Injunction denied; demolition nearing completion

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With the demolition of the former Freezer Queen warehouse nearing completion, the developer behind the Queen City Landing project expects to move into the next phase of construction in the coming days.

And, while on-site progress is being made at the Fuhrmann Boulevard construction site, legal arguments continue to advance in a New York state court.

The Appellate Division has rejected their call for a preliminary injunction to stop developer Gerry Buchheit from advancing his 23-story Buffalo waterfront apartment tower.

Arthur Giacalone, attorney for the Wooster Petitioners — Buffalo residents Margaret Wooster, Jay Burney, Lynda Stephans and James Carr, said the denial is not a major legal stumbling block for his clients.

Giacalone said statements Buchheit made in an affidavit earlier this fall indicate that a preliminary injunction is not necessary due to the timing of certain pre-construction timelines, including ordering structural steel, and that a formal ground breaking isn’t set until April.
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Old December 7th, 2016, 06:40 PM   #31
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The more I think about it, I just hope the Outer Harbor doesn't become a Waterfront Village with private lots and enclaves built to the shore. Perhaps a plan will be put in place.

Queen City Landing groundbreaking slated for April

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With demolition complete on the former Freezer Queen warehouse on the Outer Harbor, construction is now slated to begin in March on the new 23-story Queen City Landing apartment tower, barring a legal victory by project opponents.

According to an court document filed by Queen City Landing owner Gerald Buchheit, groundbreaking for the lakeside residential complex is scheduled to take place "on or about" April 17, 2017, just over three months after the remains of the current structure are completely removed from the site.

That's the first time a specific timeframe has been given for construction to begin on the tallest waterfront development in the city in recent memory.

Preparatory work will begin even sooner, including contracting the job and buying materials. Requests for project bids on structural steel will be issued as soon as the end of this month, with erection of the "non-foundation" portion beginning by March 27. Bid requests for the enormous glass curtain-wall facade will be issued by Feb. 27, with installation set to begin by late June, according to Buchheit's affidavit.
http://buffalonews.com/2016/12/07/qu...-slated-april/

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Now imagine if they cleaned up our waterfront to something like this:
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This tower is a huge improvement over the junk that was there .
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Old December 9th, 2016, 11:13 PM   #34
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Here's a crappy picture of the site I took. No more for a while until materials come on site.



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Old December 14th, 2016, 06:47 AM   #35
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Buchheit seeks to move Queen City Landing 25 feet

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Orchard Park businessman Gerald Buchheit has sought permission to shift his planned Queen City Landing waterfront project 25 feet to the north on his Outer Harbor property.

Buchheit has asked the Buffalo Planning Board for approval to modify his $85 million project by moving it to a spot farther from the water’s edge to make it easier to construct and allow for more greenspace.

No other changes are being proposed for the project. The Planning Board will consider the request on Dec. 19.
http://buffalonews.com/2016/12/13/bu...nding-25-feet/
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Here are detailed plans for any of the skyscraper aficionados

http://buffalony.iqm2.com/Citizens/F...MeetingID=1144
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Old December 20th, 2016, 08:34 PM   #37
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How can a move like this be criticized?

Buffalo board tables plan to shift Queen City Landing

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Plans by the Queen City Landing development team to shift the Buffalo waterfront condo tower 25 feet inland — a move that will create more public access to Lake Erie — were greeted with stiff resistance from those opposed to the 23-story Fuhrmann Boulevard project.

The opposition during a 75 minute-long public hearing as part of Monday’s Buffalo Planning Board hearing was anticipated, as was the decision by the board to table any vote on the request until its Jan. 3 meeting.

Separately, the board did unanimously approve a routine-but-mandated preliminary subdivision approval for the project.

“It doesn’t impact what’s going on there now,” said Phil Pantano, spokesman for Queen City Landing developer Gerry Buchheit.

The shift, if approved, moves the building to 56 feet away from Lake Erie’s edge, up from the 27 feet in the original development plan.
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