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Buffalo Developer Mark Croce Was Asked to Open Restaurant For Canalside Project

BUFFALO, NY(WGRZ) -- Not too long ago, Mark Croce was asked by the head of the Canalside project whether he'd be interested in opening a new restaurant there.

Croce, who already has his hands full building a boutique hotel downtown, and bidding on the Statler Building, said it wouldn't make any sense for him if the new restaurant was simply going to take customers away from his existing places, which include the Chop House, D'Arcy McGee's, and Laughlin's downtown.

"We need something that's going to bring new people downtown, not just Buffalonians and shuffle them around," said Croce.

That something, Croce believes, is not a store whether it's Bass Pro, Ikea, or anyone else.

"My sense is a retailer is not going to be the driver of this district," said Croce.

Convention Center Getting New Digital Marquee

BUFFALO, NY - Construction workers are installing two state-of-the-art LED video screens at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center.

The screens are part of a new digital marquee, and the project is part of a $7 million renovation project underway at the convention center.

The screens will be dark for another two weeks before testing begins. Once they're operational, the digital marquee will include information about upcoming events, and welcome messages for visitors.

Tell Us Your Ideas For The Waterfront

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Two of the region's most influential elected leaders believe Buffalo's waterfront does not need a major retail anchor store.

Both U.S. Representative Brian Higgins (D-South Buffalo) and County Executive Chris Collins (R) suggest Western New Yorkers should consider different types of attractions.

Higgins, who insists the water is an anchor, wants no anchor store.

"Niagara on the Lake is a great destination," Higgins said. "There' s no anchor there. It's an idyllic place that has cool street scapes, small shops, a lot of beautiful homes along the water."

Collins differed slightly in his view of an anchor destination.

"I do think we need an anchor, but not necessarily a retail anchor," Collins said. "An anchor could be a museum. It could be an aquarium... but it has to be focused as a draw, bringing people into Buffalo and Erie County that aren't residents here."

The public has been exploding with ideas.

Holy Family Senior Apartments to open in South Buffalo

A Catholic elementary school that educated generations of South Buffalo residents is about to take on a new life.  Groundbreaking ceremonies for the Holy Family Senior Apartments at 920 Tifft St. were held on Aug. 12. 

Sponsored by the Diocese of Buffalo and developed by Delta Development of Western New York Inc.

Buffalo Scupltures And Statues Being Cleansed Repaired And Restored

Buffalo, NY - You may have passed by but not not paid much mind to the various and sundry statues across the Queen City.

But more people are starting to take note of them due to a massive renovation project underway currently underway.

A Missouri based firm was hired by the City of Buffalo to inspect, clean, repair, and preserve with a wax coat, a total of 19 statues throughout the city this summer at a cost of $270,000.

"This is our history," said Don Siuta, Chair of the Conservation Committee of the Buffalo Arts Commission.

"This is where Buffalo came from and I think by preserving out history people have a better understanding of our city and why it's important. It also brings people to Buffalo," Siuta said.

It might surprise you to know how much art the city owns.

Almost 700 pieces including 200 statues scattered throughout the city.

Superintendent Says No to Teacher Transfer Requests

BUFFALO, NY (WGRZ) -- This year nearly 600 Buffalo Public School teachers submitted requests to transfer to different schools. The Superintendent says no requests will be granted.

Calling this his toughest summer as a Superintendent, Dr. Williams wants stability in every school building.  When asked why he believes so many teachers want to transfer, Dr. Williams said there are many reasons.  "They want to move to another school and historically in this district they have moved around. Some don't want to be with principal X, Y, Z."

The district is also has to replace six principals who retired. The schools in need of principals are Hutch Tech, Montessori, Leonardo DaVinci and Schools 3, 54 and 65.

On Monday, the Superintendent will get a list of the top three candidates for each of the schools. He expects to have principals in place by August 18.

Some Local Groups May Lose Tax-Exempt Status

BUFFALO, N.Y. - According to the Internal Revenue Service some local non-profit groups and organizations may lose their tax exempt status because of a new law that went into effect.

A spokesman for the IRS tells 2 On Your Side the organizations will be given until the middle of October to fill out the proper paperwork required by the new law or they may lose their tax exempt status. Some groups affected include some little league teams, fire departments and youth programs.

2 On Your Side has a database of the organizations and groups which may be affected.