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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.


Amherst

Critics of a day care center eyed for a heavily trafficked corner in Amherst are getting another chance to block the project, two weeks after it won the blessing of town planners. The Town Board  this week took the unusual step of directing the Planning Board to reconsider their decision to approve EduKids' plan to build a $2.5 million day care center at 6286 Main St. …

Amherst

Horizon Health Services has paid $3.5 million to buy an Amherst office building from Uniland Development Co. that will serve as the company's new headquarters and training center. Horizon bought the 29,635-square-foot building and 3.7-acre property at 55 Dodge Road, off Sweet Home Road, the companies confirmed. The single-story building, constructed in 1995, is one o…

Local News

While other kids dressed up as zombies, vampires or creepy dancing clowns, 11-year-old Zachary Kulpa had a truly scary idea for his Halloween costume: He went as his father, Williamsville Mayor Brian J. Kulpa. It was Zachary's idea. When Kulpa's wife, Kate, asked their son what he wanted to be for Halloween, Zachary said, "I'm going as the mayor running for superviso…

Local News

Aug. 27, 1949 – Oct. 31, 2017 James J. Allen, who served for nearly 37 years as executive director of the Amherst Industrial Development Agency, died Tuesday in his East Amherst home. He was 68 and had suffered from congestive heart failure in recent years, but his death was unexpected. Mr. Allen was a native of Rochester's West Side. He graduated from the Aquinas…

Amherst

Buffalo Dental Group has outgrown its current offices in Williamsville and plans to construct a new building in East Amherst and move its practice there. The group, which also has a location on Englewood Avenue in the Town of Tonawanda, has filed plans with the Amherst Planning Department for a 7,600-square-foot, single-story building that it would construct on 1.3 acre…

Local News

A Rochester-based mortgage company that will receive nearly $183,000 in tax breaks to support its move from Amherst to a former bank branch in Clarence has completed its purchase of the new property. Premium Mortgage on Friday closed on its $1.67 million acquisition of the 1.15-acre property at 4401 Transit Road, near Main Street, from the Benchmark Group, according to…

Local News

When James J. Allen took over as the head of the Amherst Industrial Development Agency in 1979, the University at Buffalo North Campus was less than one decade old and the town was a bedroom community that was still waking up. By the time Allen stepped down in 2016 after 37 years as the agency's executive director, Amherst had become a powerful economic engine in the re…

Amherst

The Internal Revenue Service has filed a $1 million tax lien against CCS Oncology, one of the largest community-based providers of cancer care in the region. The IRS placed the lien against CCS' property after the practice didn't pay to the federal government the income, Social Security or Medicare taxes withheld from employee paychecks, or the business' own Social Secu…

Amherst

The developer remaking the Northtown Plaza shopping center wants to construct six buildings around a central parking area and create a common green where customers could do yoga, watch movies and ice skate. The concept plan recently filed with the Town of Amherst is the first detailed look at WS Development's plans for the high-profile property on Sheridan Drive, which …

Local News

A South Buffalo man told police he was stabbed in the arm and stomach after confronting the person who slashed all four tires on his SUV. The victim said the attack took place on the 100 block of Fay Street, off Walden Avenue, on the East Side. It happened sometime before 5 a.m. Saturday, police reported. The victim said someone slashed the tires on his Ford SUV befo…

Local News

Two men, one armed with a gun, robbed a West Side convenience store of cigarettes and $1,100 in cash Friday, Buffalo police reported. A summary of the incident report doesn't say what time the robbery took place at the store at 490 Connecticut St., off Richmond Avenue, but it was logged into the police computer system by a report technician at 10:30 p.m. Friday. Two …

Local News

A Buffalo man was shot in the legs Saturday afternoon as he walked out of a house in the city's Riverside neighborhood, police reported. The victim, a Breckenridge Street resident, was leaving a home in the first block of Gallatin Avenue, off Ontario Street, at 2:30 p.m. when two unknown men shot at him, hitting him in both legs, according to Northwest District police. …

Crime

Buffalo police have made an arrest in the death of a 46-year-old man whose body was found Monday inside a vacant structure on West Avenue. The victim was strangled, police said. Saturday afternoon police charged Peter Isaacs, 37, who has no permanent address, with second-degree murder in the killing of Preston German of Buffalo. German's body was found inside a build…

Local News

Call it the capon caper for Hamburg police. It started at about 11:45 p.m. Friday when dispatchers received a call from Buffalo's Best Pizzeria about a "suspicious character" hanging around the restaurant at McKinley Parkway and Lake Avenue near closing time, according to a post on the department's Facebook page headlined "Fowl Play." He had two wings, black feathers…

Local News

A developer has received approval to construct a mixed-used building of retail and apartments in East Amherst at a site that now hosts a small video business. Paul Bliss of Bliss Construction plans to tear down the ranch-style house now on the 2-acre property at 6790 Main St., at Tennyson Terrace near Transit Road, and to construct a 29,665-square-foot building in its p…