Buffalo Development

February 25, 2014 Updated Feb 25, 2014 at 10:31 AM EDT

By Elizabeth Carey

February 25, 2014 Updated Feb 25, 2014 at 10:31 AM EDT

Developer Rocco Termini is ready to kick off an $8 million project at the former American Radiator Company at 1807 Elmwood Avenue, near Hertel. The project is across from another of Termini's projects, the former FWS warehouse complex. It's also in the same neighborhood as the Houk Lofts on Grote Street that Termini converted last year. That site is now home to apartments and businesses. The newest project calls for apartments and office space. If approved by the Buffalo Planning Board and ECIDA, construction could start later this year.

Robotic surgery is getting more popular in Western New York, with several area hospitals using robotics. Proponents say robotic surgery leaves smaller incisions, with quicker recoveries, less pain and scarring and fewer complications. A special report in this week's Business First looks at medical innovations. Last year, Roswell Park added a second robot, moving the first into a research lab. And the VA bought its first robot, a $2.8 million system for less invasive procedures. Niagara Falls Memorial does about 1,000 surgeries per year. Most hospitals are in on the trend. You can read all about it in this week's Business First and also learn how area life science companies are looking to expand.

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