Stephen T. Watson, The Buffalo News

Stephen T. Watson

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Stephen T. Watson is a business reporter who writes about the business of health care for The News. He is a native and resident of the Town of Tonawanda and a graduate of the University at Buffalo and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

A global money management firm with an Amherst data center and a small company co-founded by Bills Hall of Famer Thurman Thomas were accepted into the state's Start-Up NY program, which lowers or eliminates most state taxes for 10 years for businesses that agree to create jobs. BlackRock promises to create 50 jobs at its data center at 350 CrossPoint Parkway in CrossPoi…

Amherst officials are negotiating leases for two new cell towers on town property with a company working on behalf of Blue Wireless. Upstate Tower Communications wants to build one cell tower at the town's Highway Department, on North Forest Road, and a second tower at the town's Wastewater Treatment Plant, on Tonawanda Creek Road. The tower at the Highway Department…

Ciminelli Real Estate Corp. has reached an agreement in principle to buy a 15-acre parcel owned by the Williamsville Central School District that will allow Ciminelli to build a second access road into its proposed Muir Woods development. Ciminelli has secured an option to purchase the land at 520 Campbell Blvd., between North French and Dodge roads, company spokeswoma…

A Domino's Pizza that will offer customers the chance to call ahead and pick up their pizza at a drive-up window is taking over a vacant former bank branch on Main Street in Amherst across from the University at Buffalo South Campus. Benderson Development Co. is renovating a former First Federal Bank at 3608 Main St., just east of Springville Avenue, on behalf of Domino…

It appears that just one company submitted a proposal to build a hotel next to Amherst's Northtown Center ice rink complex. Developers interested in taking part in the project had until Friday to reply to the town's request for proposals, and though town officials are not yet saying who responded, The Buffalo News confirmed that just three companies expressed initial i…

Ever since he was a boy, Zack Vader has wanted to know why things work the way they do, or why there isn't a better way to do something. Vader, now 24, peppered his father, Scott, a mechanical engineer, with questions, and they hashed out the most interesting answers in a journal they've kept for years. Could there be a restaurant staffed by robots to ensure consi…

The upscale apartments in a three-story building now nearing completion on Main Street in Williamsville will feature 8-foot-high doors, quartz countertops and a second head in every shower meant to reproduce the effect of rainfall. There are 20 apartments in the Lymstone Lofts, located at 5933 Main St. across from Williamsville South High School, and amenities like thes…

Area golfers itching to get their game out of winter hibernation can head to the Buffalo Tournament Club Golf Course in Lancaster, which will open for the next four days, the first time ever that the club has opened for play in February. The course at 6432 Genesee St., east of Ransom Road, is opening up for play from Tuesday through Friday, with riding carts allowed on …

A growing medical practice in Amherst that plans to move down North Forest Road to larger offices received final approval from the town Planning Board last week. Audubon Women's Medical Associates hopes to move by this fall into a 14,500-square-foot space at 2240 and 2250 N. Forest Road, near Millersport Highway, about a mile and a half from its existing, 8,600-square-…

The massive Muir Woods property in the northwest corner of Amherst has sat vacant for 17 years under the ownership of Ciminelli Real Estate Corp. The developer over the years has proposed millions of square feet of office space, hundreds of apartments and dozens of homes. But nothing has ever happened with the 326-acre site, and the ideas for the property stirred up con…

Autism Services will start moving into its new school in Amherst next week. The nonprofit, which provides educational and support services for children and adults with autism-spectrum disorders, is moving from its longtime location at 4444 Bryant and Stratton Way near the Eastern Hills Mall in Clarence to Uniland Development Co.'s Audubon Business Centre. Autism Serv…

A four-story, 107-room hotel planned for Rensch Road near the University at Buffalo North Campus cleared its last hurdle Thursday night when the Amherst Planning Board approved the site plan for the project. The board also agreed the project would not significantly harm the environment. Ellicott Development previously said it plans to start construction in March and …

In the Ransom Oaks community of Amherst, the raging neighborhood argument isn’t about schools, suburban sprawl or crime. It is about a golf cart trail. A 4-year-old lawsuit over the trail is causing turmoil in this community of about 1,100 residents next to the Glen Oaks Golf Course. Neighbors are taking on the Ransom Oaks homeowners’ association over the laws…

Sun Cuisines, a popular Burmese and Thai restaurant in Buffalo, has opened a new restaurant at 5759 Main St. at the corner of Evans Street in Williamsville. Sun Cuisines was Buffalo's first Burmese restaurant and this is the third location to open under its umbrella. The Williamsville restaurant follows the original restaurant, which opened in Black Rock in 2010, and Su…