NORTH TONAWANDA – A Clarence developer is proposing to build a $20 million housing and retail complex on a former brownfield along the Niagara River in North Tonawanda. Visone Co. Site Development applied Wednesday for a tax break worth nearly $4 million from the Niagara County Industrial Development Agency to help with the project at 600 River Road. Plans call fo…

Hires/Promotions/Honors Donald Judd of Cook Moving Systems in Buffalo was one of six people named by United Van Lines as Van Operators of the Month for October. The recognition acknowledges their performance in the areas of operational proficiency, cargo claims prevention, customer service and safety. ... The Project Management Institute Buffalo Chapter announced …

South Buffalo Council Member Christopher Scanlon is upset that SolarCity isn't holding any of its information sessions on entry-level manufacturing jobs at its solar panel factory in the facility's own neighborhood. Scanlon said he was disappointed that SolarCity is holding three information sessions in Williamsville, but none of the 14 sessions is being held in South B…

Tim Horton's is adding yet another location to its vast Western New York network, with a new store targeted for the intersection of Pavement Road and Broadway in Lancaster. The Canadian coffee and donut company is applying to the Town Planning Board to rezone a property at 6050 Broadway in the Town of Lancaster. Plans call for erecting a 1,776-square-foot Tim Horton's C…

WILSON - The Wilson House, a restaurant that operated in the Village of Wilson for decades until closing a year ago, has been sold and will reopen this spring. Brian J. Hutchison, (CQ) attorney for the buyers, Christopher and Timothy White, said Wednesday that they plan some interior remodeling before restarting the business at 310 Lake St. "They're doing a little bit t…

With demolition complete on the former Freezer Queen warehouse on the Outer Harbor, construction is now slated to begin in March on the 23-story Queen City Landing apartment tower, barring a legal victory by project opponents. According to a court document filed by Queen City Landing owner Gerald Buchheit, groundbreaking for the lakeside residential complex is scheduled…

Columbus McKinnon Corp., moving to bolster its presence in the European markets and expand its hoist business, has agreed to acquire a German crane components manufacturer in a deal worth $240 million. The acquisition of Stahl Crane Systems will make Columbus McKinnon the world's second-biggest hoist company and will expand the Amherst material handling equipment compan…

Home sales activity dipped slightly in October compared to a year ago amid a continued drop in listings, but prices rose solidly in yet another sign of the strength of the Western New York market. Closed deals fell 4.9 percent to 1,184 from 1,245 a year earlier, according to new data from the Buffalo Niagara Association of Realtors. That's the lowest monthly tally since…

The Village of Lancaster's economic development arm is refusing to publicly release a copy of the only proposal submitted for the purchase of a nearly 5-acre parcel on West Main Street that the village hopes will jump-start the revival of its downtown business district. In a one-paragraph explanation, Village Clerk Michael E. Stegmeier denied a Freedom of Information re…

Hires/Honors/Promotions Three new providers have recently joined Lifetime Health Medical Group: Dr. Nidhi Dhawan, at Lifetime’s Hamburg Health Center; Dr. Zuzanna Rozmus, at the Amherst Health Center; and Lorraine Narby, nurse practitioner at the Mosher Health Center. ... Tony Gutowski has joined the community banking team at Evans Bank as vice president and com…

The Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus has paid $3.75 million for a complex of buildings at Ellicott and Best streets that will serve as the site of its new Innovation Center, according to county records. The organization signed a contract earlier this year to buy several parcels on the northern edge of the Medical Campus from Osmose Holdings, and campus officials said ove…

People Inc. got the green light Monday night from the Buffalo Planning Board for a proposed new senior housing project at Gates Circle, after multiple meetings with community members and the city's Historic Preservation Board led to changes that addressed prior design concerns. The Amherst-based social services nonprofit is seeking to build a 37-unit  facility at 637 L…

More than 40 residents of the Elmwood Village area turned out Monday night, mostly in opposition, as the city Planning Board took public comment on a proposed $30 million condo project on Elmwood Avenue. While most remained silent during the hour-long public hearing, more than a dozen people testified before the seven-member board, with opponents outnumbering supporters…

The Buffalo Planning Board on Monday night gave its formal backing to the city's proposed new Green Code, advancing the first rewrite of Buffalo's land-use and zoning regulations in over 60 years. The unanimous action sends the 322-page document back to the Common Council, where it is being considered for final approval before it can take effect 45 days later as the cit…