New Development Proposals Exemplify The Optimism Helping Rejuvenate The City

Buffalo used to be synonymous with stagnation. For decades not much seemed to change around here except the architect’s renderings of the latest pipe dreams. Now, however, when someone has an idea, the collective reaction is to look for the shovels in the ground and the cranes in the air.

Dr. Fadi Dagher, a native of Lebanon and former Kaleida Health surgeon, is keenly interested in the rebirth of the East Side. He and his team have begun multiple projects along Broadway near Fillmore Avenue, creating new residential, office, retail and light-industrial spaces in two vacant former department stores and a third empty manufacturing building.

His company, Cedarland Development Group, has set its sights on redevelopment of the former Eckhardt’s Department Store building, as well as the nearby former Sattler’s Department Store building at 998 Broadway, and 642 Broadway, a two-story, 22,000-square-foot concrete building farther down the street.

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