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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.

The owners of the Fox Creek Estates senior apartments in East Amherst plan to build a mixed-used development of apartments, offices and retail space next to their Transit Road property. Two three-story buildings are proposed at 9540 Transit Road, north of Casey Road. The same partners behind the 9540 Transit site own the townhomes just to the south at 9512 Transit and t…

A Manhattan financial services firm that promises to bring up to 1,500 jobs to Amherst is kick-starting that investment by pouring $750,000 into a vacant office park building, a commitment that it earned $65,625 in tax breaks from the Amherst Industrial Development Agency on Friday. Strategic Financial Solutions agreed to hire 300 workers in the initial phase of its pro…

The former Lord Amherst Hotel, reborn as the "upper upscale" Reikart House following a nearly $20 million renovation, is now open to guests. The owners of the 92-room, boutique hotel at 5000 Main St. in Snyder held a soft opening Thursday. The hotel that opened in 1962 as the Lord Amherst motor lodge is the first in New York state to operate as part of Marriott Internat…

The Town of Amherst is one step closer to preserving as parkland 60 acres of green space that were the subject of a bruising legal fight with a developer who wanted to build a subdivision there. The land, largely made up of wetlands, was as far back as 2000 the intended site of the 57-home, Gramercy Park Estates subdivision between Casey and North French roads, west of …

Blaze Pizza, the fastest-growing restaurant chain in history thanks in no small part to its connection to NBA superstar LeBron James, is opening a franchise in an Amherst retail plaza. James has been an active investor, franchisee and social-media promoter of Blaze Pizza almost since the fast-casual chain opened its first two locations five years ago in Southern Califor…

Uniland Development Co.'s planned $11 million hotel at Amherst's Northtown Center complex is moving closer to reality with two steps forward. First, the State Legislature last month approved the swap that removes the parkland designation from the proposed hotel site, 3 acres at the town-owned ice rink complex on Amherst Manor Road, and transfers it to a 26.6-acre parcel…

Long lines of Tim Hortons fans start their days idling in the drive-thrus of the restaurants that dot the Western New York landscape. People who prefer Spot Coffee, however, have to get out of their vehicles at the chain's eight local locations, which don't have drive-thru lanes. That soon could change, because the Clarence Town Board is poised to give final approval…

The Town of Amherst has suggested 129 new potential sites for a methadone clinic as alternatives to the controversial 910 Millersport Highway location where Catholic Health wants to provide medication-assisted treatment to patients. But it's not clear whether any of the alternative locations will meet the system's needs. Town Supervisor Barry A. Weinstein said the town…

The owner of the Boulevard Mall has dropped its legal fight against the Town of Amherst to slash the shopping mall’s assessment by 90 percent. Cleveland-based Forest City had filed a lawsuit in State Supreme Court last summer under the name Boulevard Mall SPE LLC, arguing the assessments on the four parcels that make up the bulk of the mall property were far too high.…

Many came to grill Tom Reed over the Republicans' plans for health care reform. Others came to show their support for the congressman from Corning, President Trump and their GOP allies. The give-and-take at Reed's town hall in rural Allegany County was spirited and for the most part civil. But when the two opposing sides did clash, interrupting or talking over eac…

Pita Gourmet plans to open its third area location in a new retail building that Bevilacqua Development wants to construct on Transit Road in Clarence. Bevilacqua is looking to build an 8,500-square-foot, single-story building with a drive-through at 6031 Transit Road, across from the Transit Valley Country Club, on the site of the former Buggy Wash self-serve car wash.…

A year ago, Ciminelli Real Estate Corp. laid out its grand vision to transform the soon-to-be-vacant Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo campus in the Elmwood Village. There would have been hundreds of apartments and condos, a charter school, a daycare, hotel, shops and a soccer club. Much of that is still envisioned, although with significant changes. But it …

Get ready for the Town of Amherst's new idea of what makes a family. The town wants to replace the existing, one-sentence definition of "family" in its zoning code with a lengthy, 2½-page explanation of what constitutes a clan. Town Attorney Stanley J. Sliwa said Amherst proposes to broaden the definition to make it easier to restrict rooming, boarding and fraternity …

The Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities is putting its home for 62 nuns in Williamsville on the market. The congregation is seeking someone to buy and operate its St. Mary of the Angels regional house, at 201 Reist St., on the condition that sisters living in the home can remain there, said Rochelle Cassella, a Sisters' spokeswoman. Eventually, lay resid…

Payless ShoeSource is closing stores in the Northtown Plaza and Lockport. The stores join five others in Erie and Niagara counties that previously were marked for closure. Payless filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in April and immediately announced the closing of 400 stores nationwide as part of its reorganization plan. The five store closings announced at t…