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July 20, 2011 Updated Jul 20, 2011 at 8:31 AM EDT

July 20, 2011 Updated Jul 20, 2011 at 8:31 AM EDT

( BUSINESS FIRST ) A report in this week's Business First looks at the future of the old AM&A's store on Main Street in downtown Buffalo. It's been vacant since the late 90's, after a series of ideas never came to be. Developer Rocco Termini has an option on the property, but plans for a $75 million dollar redevelopment fell apart when businessman Mark Hamister set his sites on the Tishman Building instead. The Buffalo Niagara Partnership is working on a study called "Buffalo Building Re-use." It should identify the building's future and is due this fall. You can read more in an in-depth report in this week's Business First.

The Adam's Mark began a $5.3 million makeover last year. All the rooms and the conference center got upgrades. An update in this week's Business First says the renovations are nearly complete and visitors will also find better food outlets and a new gift shop. The hotel name is expected to change to a Crowne Plaza, but hotel owners won't comment on that.

Business First will host a power breakfast on waterfront development tomorrow morning, from 7:30 to 9:30am at the Harbour Club at HSBC Arena. Experts will discuss the future of the waterfront. Call 541-1638 to attend or register online at bizjournals.com/buffalo/calendar.

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