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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.


The Amherst Chamber of Commerce will host a presentation on Sept. 26 meant to help small business owners and their employees save money on their health insurance costs. Representatives of the region's largest health insurance carriers – BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York, Independent Health, and Univera Healthcare – along with the chamber's staff insurance br…

What happens when you don't have the dollar, but you still have the dream – and the munchies? A convenience store in Riverside found out Sunday, when it was burglarized after someone broke through the front window and stole $3,375 worth of lottery tickets – and $15 in snack chips – store representatives told police. The theft took place around 3 a.m. at the Riv…

Benderson Development Co. on Friday purchased a former Sunoco gas station in East Amherst that is rumored to be the future site of a Chick-fil-A restaurant. Benderson paid $950,000 for the property at 8100 Transit Road, at Maple Road, acquiring it from Sunoco Retail LLC, according to the Erie County Clerk's Office. The Buffalo News previously reported that Chick-fil-…

A motorcyclist was injured after losing control of the bike Sunday afternoon while riding near Zoar Valley, the Erie County Sheriff's Office reported. The operator, who was not identified, was riding on Zoar Valley Road in Concord, east of the Zoar Valley Multi Use Area, just before 2 p.m. and lost control of the bike, putting it down on the road, said Scott Zylka, a Sh…

Northtowns Cardiology has won final approval from the Amherst Planning Board for its plan, opposed by some neighbors, to build a medical office building on Maple Road. The Planning Board on Thursday approved the project site plan and found the one-story, 11,000-square-foot building and related development, at 190 Maple Road, would not harm the environment. The 2.35-a…

An unknown number of thieves broke into a William Street laundromat after it closed Saturday night and stole $50,000 worth of credit-card scanners, as well as the business' security system, a store official told police. The burglary took place between 11 p.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. Sunday at the Billy Bubbles Laundromat, 465 William St., at Jefferson Avenue. The store repr…

An East Side resident feared losing his job after he was mistakenly identified as the man who attempted to break into the North Buffalo Community Center last week. He was the witness who reported the crime. James Houze Jr., 51, who works as a security guard, reported the break-in and helped officers make the arrest. But he was then incorrectly identified as the sus…

A 30-year-old Dayton woman was drunk and speeding when she lost control of her vehicle, flew off the road and crashed into a tree and a utility pole early Sunday in the Town of Villenova, according to the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office. Deputies responded around 12:45 a.m. to a report of a motor-vehicle crash with injuries on Flucker Hill Road. The driver, Ashley L.…

After 17 years in the making, construction on the first of the 133 homes in the Muir Woods subdivision in Amherst will start by fall 2018., Ciminelli Real Estate Corp. says. The town Planning Board last week  approved the Muir Woods site plan, saying the $50 million project would not harm the environment. The decision followed an extensive discussion that included two…

Site work could begin by November on the restaurant connected to the Reikart House hotel in Snyder, after the Amherst Planning Board on Thursday approved the site plan and found the project would not harm the environment. Iskalo Development plans to submit design drawings for the Jazzboline restaurant to the town for building permits in the next few weeks, said David C…

The Amherst Planning Board Thursday delayed for at least two months its review of a $250 million proposal to reuse the former Westwood Country Club until it receives more information on how the developer will address inadequate sanitary sewer capacity -- during periods of heavy rain -- in the surrounding area. The board's vote to adjourn the rezoning came at the request…

The Amherst Planning Board on Thursday gave the go-ahead to Ciminelli Real Estate Corp.'s ambitious, $50 million proposal to build 133 single-family homes on its Muir Woods property in the town's northwest corner. The Planning Board's 5-1 vote to approve the developer's site-plan application, and 4-2 vote that found the project would not harm the environment, followed e…

Marrano/Marc Equity has finished laying the roads leading into its planned, 130-unit Windstone development and soon will begin construction of the model home for the $42 million subdivision in Amherst. The model patio home should be completed within a few months, said David DePaolo, Marrano/Marc Equity's executive vice president. Marrano is building patio homes, town…

Two major projects that have drawn the ire of some neighbors are back on the agenda of the Amherst Planning Board for its meeting Thursday, Sept. 14. The board will hold its first public hearing since January on the $250 million plan to reuse the former Westwood Country Club site. Mensch Capital Partners' plans for the property include a mix of housing for 1,700, retail…

The bar inside the new Whole Foods Market in Amherst has a pool table and, for those daring enough to try it, a sponge candy-flavored milkshake that can be boosted with a shot of alcohol. There's a gas fireplace, rustic chandeliers and beer taps topped with old billiards balls. The bar boasts a rotation of local brews, and the menu showcases local touches, such as a bur…