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Stephen T. Watson

Stephen T. Watson is a staff reporter who writes about development, real estate and business in the towns of Amherst and Clarence. 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.


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The company behind the Super Chexx Bubble Hockey domed table game wants to expand its Clarence manufacturing and distribution building. Innovative Concepts in Entertainment, or ICE, plans to expand from its home at 10123 Main St. to a neighboring parcel just to the west, according to plans submitted to Clarence officials. ICE, which makes coin-operated games for the …

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A Georgia-based company that once wanted to construct student housing on the former Buffalo Shooting Club property in Amherst now plans to build a large residential complex on Sweet Home Road near the University at Buffalo North Campus. Landmark Properties of Athens, Ga., would build 221 units of low-density student housing on the nearly 13-acre property at 1185 Sweet H…

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Today, collecting a blood sample for testing typically requires a phlebotomist drawing blood from the patient with a needle at a lab or doctor's office, packing up and refrigerating the sample and shipping it overnight through the mail. Howard Lee, the founder of Seroclinix, said he's come up with a cheaper and easier way to obtain samples for testing. Patients using…

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Buffalo Sabres winger Matt Moulson has sold his house in Amherst for $1.12 million, five months after the team waived him. Moulson and his wife, Alicia, sold the home on Brice Landing Court to Dr. Nathaniel P. Billings, an emergency medicine specialist affiliated with Catholic Health System, and Dr. Alyssa Shon, an infectious disease and HIV specialist with Erie County …

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A Chicago-based asset-management company has paid $48.75 million for a 192-unit student housing complex in Amherst, according to public records. The development named Twenty91 North sits on 28 acres at 100-900 Herron Drive near Sweet Home Road. A limited liability company formed by two partners, Harrison Street Real Estate Capital and University Student Living, sold the…

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One year after it rejected a student housing complex, the Amherst Town Board this week reconsidered and approved the contentious $50 million project. The board on Wednesday lifted the deed restrictions and issued the special-use permit allowing Core Campus to build the 154-unit, four-story building on 6.4 acres on North Forest Road near Bryant Woods South. Core Campus i…

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The group trying to bring a co-operative grocery store to Williamsville is launching its membership campaign Saturday at the farmers market in the village. Board members and other member-owners of the Village Co-op Market of Williamsville will be at the market every Saturday through Oct. 27 to answer questions about the planned co-op and to encourage people to join. …

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Harter, Secrest & Emery is a prominent Rochester law firm that rarely has trouble getting its clients to pay their fees. But one highly visible client has balked at paying its $65,000 bill from the firm: the Town of Amherst. It's the latest twist in last year's battle of the boards in Amherst. The Zoning Board of Appeals hired Harter Secrest after the Amherst …

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The transformation of the Northtown Plaza into a lifestyle center boasting L.L. Bean, Pottery Barn and other major retailers is set to begin this summer now that Amherst officials have given final approval to the plans. WS Development expects to begin demolishing the existing buildings on the Sheridan Drive site in the next few months and start construction on new build…

Business

For the second time in two years, Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz is raising concerns about tax breaks requested for a development of retail businesses and apartments in Clarence. Russell Salvatore Jr. in 2016 received $100,000 in mortgage recording and sales tax breaks from the Clarence Industrial Development Agency for his project at 6449 Transit Road, known a…

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The appraised value of the Boulevard Mall was slashed nearly in half this month – the second time in less than a year the Amherst mall's value fell so precipitously. Its value fell from $54.9 million to $29.9 million, a 46 percent drop, according to a report from Trepp LLC, a commercial mortgage data real estate firm. The $25 million drop was reflected in May remittance…

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Don't keep this news in a vault: Geraldo Rivera is coming to Western New York – by boat. The mustachioed Fox News contributor is riding along the full length of the Erie Canal, Rivera said in a tweet Monday. Instead of a mule named Sal, he's bringing his brother, Craig. The Albany Times-Union spotted Rivera at Lock 2 in Waterford earlier Tuesday, waiting for the cana…

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Two partners plan to invest as much $5.75 million on a development project at the site of the former Crow's Nest tavern in Getzville. CrDi Development plans to build a pair of 20,000-square-foot, two-story buildings, with retail and commercial on the first floors and 18 total apartments on the second. Scott Croce and Chris Di Re paid $375,000 this month for 315 Campb…

Business

A New York City-based property management company has paid $755,500 to buy one of the office buildings in Uniland Development Co.'s University Centre complex in West Amherst. Lineage Properties bought the 12,000-square-foot building at 385 North French Road, near John Glenn Drive, on Monday, according to the deed filed with Erie County. The building was constructed i…

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The U.S. Supreme Court has done its part. Now it's up to New York State to decide whether to allow wagering on sports in the state. The Supreme Court on Monday struck down a federal law that all but banned sports gambling across the country. The decision paves the way for states to give the OK to betting on the NFL, March Madness and the World Series within their border…