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Buffalo Business Report - Wednesday, November 20th 2013

The Buffalo Planning Board approved the $15 million student housing project  plan proposed by Campus Crest Group of Charlotte, North Carolina.  The  216-unit, student housing complex called The Grove at Buffalo State would re-purpose the former Westwood Pharmaceuticals Co. plant property along Forest Avenue.  Business First reports environmental reviews are underway and should be completed later this year.

Empire State Development has approved grants for a film-making and visual-effects degree program to be offered by Daemen College.  The center will be based out of the Tri-Main Building in Buffalo’s Central Park neighborhood.  It's expected to create 150 new jobs by early 2019.  The ESD directors also approved a previously-announced grant promised to Canadian steelmaker, Welded Tube USA Ltd., that helped the firm open operations in Lackawanna.

Public accounting firm The Bonadio Group is expanding again.  Albany-based  
Stulmaker, Kohn & Richardson LLP has been acquired in an undisclosed transaction.  The deal is expected to close December 1st, bringing the firm’s total employee count to 490 people.

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