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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.

Natale Builders plans to construct up to 80 single-family and patio homes on 57 acres off New Road in East Amherst, according to an application filed with the town Planning Department. The development requires Town Board approval to rezone 49 acres of the site, which near where the Lockport Expressway ends at Millersport Highway and just west of Ransom Oaks and the Glen…

The developer of the former Westwood Country Club has added townhouses, shifted a senior housing complex to the interior part of the site and removed an office building altogether in the latest version of its controversial plan to reuse the former golf course in Amherst. This is the fourth version of the project that Mensch Capital Partners has filed with the town, and …

A 24-unit apartment complex planned for East Amherst has stalled after the Amherst Town Board on Monday night voted against rezoning the project site. The Green Organization wants to construct two, 12-unit apartment buildings and eight detached garages at 4400 N. French Road, just west of Transit Road, on 2.7 acres of land. The property is now zoned for suburban agricul…

Natale Development's proposal to build dozens of townhouses and apartments on the site of a former construction yard in Williamsville ran into opposition last year from some neighbors and never gained approval from planners. Now, a deal has been hashed out to revive the stalled California Drive housing project, but it hinges on a land swap between Natale Development and…

Large numbers of people live in "transit deserts" in Buffalo and other upstate cities, where ride-hailing services could fill gaps in the public-transit network because carless residents must walk too far or wait too long for a bus, according to a report that Uber and the state conference of the NAACP plan to unveil Monday. They are releasing the report as ride-hailing …

A large, upscale student housing project planned for a site near the University at Buffalo North Campus in Amherst moved one step closer to reality Thursday night as the town Planning Board recommended two key approvals for the development. Core Spaces, a major out-of-town developer of student housing, proposes building a 154-unit complex on North Forest Road that woul…

They followed their favorite team by car, bus and plane. They planned to stay for a few hours, overnight or – if their luck holds out – a few days. And while they're here they wanted to find a good place to eat some chicken wings and see some sights, if they have time in between watching college basketball games. They're the out-of-town fans who flocked to Buffa…

MassMutual next month will move into newly renovated space in an Amherst office park as the agency grows its operations in the Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse markets. The life insurance and asset management company plans to hire 75 financial advisors across its three offices in Western and Central New York by the end of the year, including 25 in the Buffalo region, acc…

CarMax has closed on its $7.7 million purchase of the site of a planned used car superstore on Niagara Falls Boulevard in Amherst, according to records filed Wednesday afternoon with the Erie County Clerk's Office. CarMax put the 6-acre property, at 1881 Niagara Falls Blvd., under contract in 2015 and purchased an adjoining, half-acre parcel, at 1893 Niagara Falls Blvd.…

That dispute over a golf cart path in East Amherst is going from heated to down right nasty. Amherst police were called Monday night to restore order during a meeting of the homeowners' association. Between 20 and 30 residents attended the board meeting, and the discourse between board members and some audience members grew testy. Mary Ellen Sanfilippo and others …

College basketball fans are confronting two things in Buffalo that wouldn't rise to the top of anyone's travel wish list: a winter storm and no ride-hailing service. Fans arriving here for this week's NCAA tournament games likely knew snow could hit Buffalo in March. But they might be surprised when they fire up their Uber or Lyft apps and they can't get service. …

If you are coming to Buffalo this week for the first round of the NCAA Tournament, there is one thing you should know about getting around town and parking. We don't have Uber or Lyft. More on that later. Suffice to say that's something state legislators are grappling with. You probably will see some intense competition inside KeyBank Center on Thursday and Saturd…

Rashida Johnson handled losing electrical power at her Lockport home by sitting in her running car for a few hours to warm up, listen to music and recharge her cellphone before returning for the night to her chilly house. Thursday morning, Andrea Nikischer was at her parents' Clarence home, wondering when New York State Electric & Gas crews would remove the utility …