Construction of Bonaventure Square to begin in the spring of 2013

By Maggie Kiernan, Staff Writer, @maggzkay

ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. (Oct. 16)—The highly awaited development of Bonaventure Square will begin construction, led by developer Kinley Corporation, in the spring of 2013.

“They [Kinley Corporation] are a well-established and highly respected company, and we are very pleased to partner with them as they transition from the contractor role they have been in with the project for the last couple of years to the role of lead developer,” said Brenda L. McGee, senior vice president for finance and administration at St. Bonaventure University.

Located on Route 417 in Allegany, Bonaventure Square is across from the east entrance to the university. The approximated $65 million project spans over 18 acres of land on the previous site of the Castle Inn.

Although costing approximately $65 million to construct, McGee made it clear that the funds would not come from student tuition.

“The university is the landowner,” said McGee. “However, the university will not be paying from any sources, including tuition, for the development. The costs will be borne totally by the developer, investors and tenants.”

The five major components of the project are a larger and more complex project than has been developed previously in Allegany. Therefore, the municipal and regulatory approvals as well as the project financing have taken longer than originally anticipated.

Phase 1 of the project, including a hotel, a retail center and an entertainment complex, is completely approved and will kick off the start of the project.

McGee said Kinley Coporation is working to complete tenant leases and arrange financing so that construction can start as soon as possible.

Kinley Corporation was founded and remains headquartered in Olean, N.Y. Started in 1909 as a family-owned business in Western New York, Kinley Corporation specializes in commercial as well as residential projects.

Dr. Michael Fischer, provost and vice president for academic affairs and Dr. Emily Sinsabaugh, vice president of university relations, could not comment on Bonaventure Square.

This Day in Bonaventure History

By Joe Pinter, News Editor, @JPinter93

October 16, 1958

Francis Griffin was a maintenance worker at St. Bonaventure University for nearly 50 years. Every winter morning, Griffin could be seen removing snow from various spots on campus.

However, he was much more than a University employee.

Since as far back as the 1930s, students and faculty learned to call him “Griff” as he became more appreciated in the community.

Born in 1900, Griffin was a life-long resident of the Allegany, N.Y. area.

Griffin received a St. Bonaventure High School preparatory diploma in 1919 (it was still a high school!) and attended St. Bonaventure’s College right after graduation. However, he would never graduate from SBU.

It was on this day that Griffin turned down a teaching job at another school. It was important for him to stay at Bonaventure.

This Day in Bonaventure History

By Joe Pinter, News Editor, @JPinter93

October 15, 1934

St. Nicholas Church was the first Catholic Church in Allegany, N.Y. Built in 1854, the church was dedicated to St. Nicholas of Bari. St. Nicholas’s wife had donated most of the money to build the church.

In 1863, the Allegany Sisters established a school to be housed in the church. For years, the church was both a place to worship and a parochial school. But after a while, it became worn down and was ultimately torn down on October 15, 1934.

Student allegedly assaulted at off-campus residence


ST. BONAVENTURE (Feb. 9) – A group of people allegedly assaulted St. Bonaventure University freshman Edward Caraccioli this past weekend, sending him to Olean General Hospital.

A news release from the Twin Tiers radio station, WVTT News Radio, reported the altercation at the intersection of Seventh and Union streets early Sunday morning.

A Bonaventure student close to Caraccioli, who wished to remain nameless, said multiple students randomly targeted Caraccioli at an off-campus house party. He said others who separated the crowd were also assaulted.

WVTT News Radio said police confirmed an ongoing investigation to the Olean Times Herald this morning.

Bonaventure officials are cooperating with police, but no arrests have been made at this time, the report added.

At press time, no contact could be made with Allegany police or Safety and Security Services. More information on the story is to come.

Any information on the incident should be referred to the Allegany Police Department at (716) 373-0873 or Safety and Security Services at (716) 375-2525.

Maddie Gionet contributed to the reporting of this story.