Dollar General eyed for site near Buffalo State

March 20, 2014 Updated Mar 20, 2014 at 9:10 AM EDT

By James Fink, Buffalo Business First

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Dollar General eyed for site near Buffalo State

March 20, 2014 Updated Mar 20, 2014 at 9:10 AM EDT

Taking advantage of the nearby Buffalo State College campus and a new wave of residents and businesses moving into the city's lower West Side has prompted a local developer to plan a Dollar General outlet.

Developer Fred LoFaso is working with Buffalo officials on a proposal to construct a 6,000-square-foot Dollar General at 244 Forest Avenue. A vacant house sits on the property, which is almost located at Grant Street.

LoFaso will be presenting his proposal to the Buffalo Planning Board on March 25. The Buffalo Common Council must also sign off on the project.

Little opposition is expected for the project.

If approved, construction will start later this spring. The store could be ready to welcome its first customer by this year's fourth quarter.

The project is one of several that LoFaso is working on in Buffalo including buying a building at the corner of Oak and Genesee streets where he hopes to lease to either a restaurant or coffee shop.

LoFaso recently sold a Niagara Street building to architect/developer Jake Schneider who wants to convert the building into residential housing.

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