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Old Posted Mar 20, 2008, 3:25 AM
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that spire seems like a rather perfunctory addition
     
     
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that spire seems like a rather perfunctory addition
someone was saying on the Buffalo Development thread that the spire would be placed where condo bathrooms are, so it's really not a big deal!
     
     
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Old Posted Mar 21, 2008, 9:09 PM
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Wow. That's very classy.
I agree, I really like the base with the exposed beams.
     
     
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Old Posted Mar 24, 2008, 6:32 AM
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I will feel a lot better about things when I hear that the issues with Local 210, which threatended
the project a few months ago are worked out. It anyone gets an update, post it if you would!
     
     
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Old Posted Mar 31, 2008, 9:00 AM
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So much for things being worked out, this could all but doom the tower completely!



Statler renovation will come to a halt


By Sharon Linstedt NEWS STAFF REPORTER
Updated: 03/30/08 7:16 AM




Bashar Issa of Manchester, England, is shown in this May 2007 picture in one of the Statler hotel rooms that was to be renovated. He has decided to put the project on hold as of April 11.
A British developer’s ambitious plans to revive the once-grand Statler Towers in downtown Buffalo have been put on hold.

Bashar Issa, who bought the hotel-turned-office building in 2006 and announced he intended to spend $100 million to overhaul the downtown landmark into a mix of hotel, residential and office space, informed local employees Friday that renovation work will cease April 11.

Issa’s failure to secure a key construction loan is believed to be at the root of the decision to halt the project. Issa did not return calls to inquire about the project’s future.

The halt in work raises questions about one of the biggest renovation projects in the city and restoration of a downtown landmark, although a local member of Issa’s development team insisted the project is not dead.

Issa arrived on the Buffalo development scene with great fanfare in spring 2006, purchasing the Statler for $3.5 million and promising the ambitious renovations.

“It was once such a beautiful, significant building. It deserves to return to that status,” Issa said of the 18-story, building that was built in 1923 by Ellsworth Statler.

Over the next two weeks, construction crews will focus on completing installation of new marble tile and carpeting in the building’s lobby. Demolition work on upper floors has stopped.

The work stoppage affects about a dozen construction workers and six management employees.

The Brown administration had not been told of Issa’s decision to discontinue work on the downtown landmark, according to Peter Cutler, spokesman for Mayor Byron W. Brown.

“We have not been informed of these developments, but if true, it’s certainly a concern,” Cutler said. “Not only is the Statler a significant physical presence on Niagara Square, it’s a key piece in the overall downtown redevelopment puzzle.”

Issa delivered the news via a phone call from Manchester, England, to his Buffalo management team, and local representatives in turn notified laborers that their jobs are ending.

Laborers Local 210, the union that represents demolition and construction workers at the Statler, confirmed receiving notification that workers will soon be out of jobs.

An employee of Issa’s BSC Development Buffalo LLC, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said that, although redevelopment is being halted, Issa “is not going to walk away” from the building.

“He made the point he is not selling the building and is not walking away,” the employee said. “He had a loan deal that didn’t pan out, and he will look at Plan B and Plan C. It’s not a dead project.”

The BSC Development staff member also said current vendor contracts will be honored and the halt in renovations will not affect tenants or the Park Lane Catering’s event schedule in the Statler’s Golden Ballroom, and Terrace and Rendezvous rooms.

Later in 2006, he unveiled plans for what would be Buffalo’s tallest building — a 40-story mixed-used tower to be built at the corner of South Elmwood Avenue and West Mohawk Street. He enlisted Grand Island- based Cannon Design as architects for the $361 million, 1.2 million-square-foot structure.

The 30-year-old, Kuwaiti- born developer also had Cannon draw up a parking master plan that would carve out some 2,000 underground parking spaces beneath Niagara Square and other downtown sites.

While the British-educated man’s fresh ideas initially commanded a lot of attention in the development community, questions about his ability to deliver have clouded his proposals in the past year.


And the death of a construction worker at one of his projects in Manchester last fall — which is the focus of a labor authority and police probe — raised additional concerns about worker safety.

Here in Buffalo, Issa faces complaints from the National Labor Relations Board tied to his alleged firing of workers due to their unionization efforts. The board has offered a settlement that would require the developer to hire back some of the former employees and pay back wages.

He also would be required to bargain in good faith with the laborers who are seeking a contract that would move them above their current $8-to $9- an-hour pay scale, and provide benefits.

If Issa does not resume the Statler’s reinvention, the building still has a good shot of revival, Cutler said.

“We are confident the Statler will play an important role in Buffalo’s future,” Cutler said.

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I like the spire on this tower a lot.
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I like the spire on this tower a lot.
but will the dam thing get built? That's the question. I hope that a similar proposal for a new tallest picks up if this dosen't pan out.
     
     
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I am moving to Buffalo in aug. Can someone please tell me if there have been any updates to this jewel.
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That is really disappointing, WNY is on the comeback. I always am in Downtown Buffalo. It is such a fun city if you know where to go. Its not dead like people say. The night life is also amazing. To have that skyscraper with housing in would a huge success...
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Goodnight... so sad.
     
     
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City Tower Dead! Put up a Parking Lot!

http://www.buffalorising.com/story/city_tower_site_sold

BCT Joins the dubious ranks of Buffalo Pipe Dreams.



Phase II Marine Midland Center, The tower at Swan and Main, 900 Ft at Crawdaddy site, The Arch our Lady of Whatever, Adelphia, the list is endless and spans 50 years. JESUS~H~CHRIST!
     
     
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http://www.buffalorising.com/story/city_tower_site_sold

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Phase II Marine Midland Center, The tower at Swan and Main, 900 Ft at Crawdaddy site, The Arch our Lady of Whatever, Adelphia, the list is endless and spans 50 years. JESUS~H~CHRIST!
That is probably the most disapointing news of WNY I have heard in a long time.

God I hope we don't let syr mall hotel be the tallest reining over WNY, I will be pissed.
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http://www.buffalorising.com/story/city_tower_site_sold

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Phase II Marine Midland Center, The tower at Swan and Main, 900 Ft at Crawdaddy site, The Arch our Lady of Whatever, Adelphia, the list is endless and spans 50 years. JESUS~H~CHRIST!
Oh well! Move to city that has forward thinking and then you can smile about the things you have left behind. I love this city but the way it operates is pathetic. My home is Austin but my heart is always Buffalo. I've met many like me here in the south. Sorry but the money is better and the lifestyle is better. I can always pay $400 a ticket to fly home and get a first hand look. Go Bills Go Sabres!!! Peace fellow Buffalonians.
     
     
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Oh well! Move to city that has forward thinking and then you can smile about the things you have left behind. I love this city but the way it operates is pathetic. My home is Austin but my heart is always Buffalo. I've met many like me here in the south. Sorry but the money is better and the lifestyle is better. I can always pay $400 a ticket to fly home and get a first hand look. Go Bills Go Sabres!!! Peace fellow Buffalonians.
Most my family is in Dallas these days, the rest are relocating to Austin as we speak. Getting ready to retire in a min. Probably Head to Austin too. Thank God for NFL SUNDAY TICKET. I have dis~heartning memories going back to The early 60's with Mayor Cowall. Him, Gangster Frank Sedita, Jimmy The Grif? Hell, we may as well had Tony Saprano's crew as Mayors. I can't take it anymore, but Buffalo gets in ya blood.

I haven't been this disapointed sense The Adelphia Tower capper, and before that, The promised Dome stadium in Lancaster, where the citizins of Eire County ended up paying some company 65 Mil in a law suit, and got no stadium until 73. Unreal!
     
     
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Buffalo, you're bringing me down man!!

Well, I can't say I'm surprised - I guess I'll just stay hopefull for new and other current projects.

Something has to get done sometime....right??
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Buffalo, you're bringing me down man!!

Well, I can't say I'm surprised - I guess I'll just stay hopefull for new and other current projects.

Something has to get done sometime....right??
The Casino Tower might be the last hope. At least its under construction FOR NOW!
     
     
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For those who think this project is dead, there is a large building going up on the proposed site, which looks to be at least 6 stories so far. I have a picture of the active construction from today that I will post later. It's definitely not a parking garage for those who might worry about another one going up in this area. It looks to be taking the shape of the proposed skyscraper for this site. So we'll have to wait and see. I can't post the picture now, I'm at work and I don't have any way of getting the picture off my camera here.

*EDIT* - Nevermind. What I thought was this new highrise is in fact the new Federal Courthouse. Sorry if I got anyone's hopes up.

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That would be the courthouse across the street from the Buffalo City Tower site.

Edit: Nevermind...I see your edit.
     
     
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I thought it was the skyscraper because technically if you look at a map, it's at just about the same address as the proposed site. That's what fooled me.
     
     
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