Following are real estate transactions over $5,000 as listed in records of the Niagara County clerk’s office for the week ending Oct. 7, 2016. CAMBRIA • Blackman Road, Kevin J. Connor; Lydia S. Connor to Angela Desai; Ninad Desai, $386,000. • 3718 North Ridge Road, James K. Lafler; Janice Lafler to Keith A. Flanigan, $150,000. • Southway Drive, Mary Ann Seave…

Following are real estate transactions over $5,000 as listed in records of the Erie County clerk’s office for the week ending Dec. 16, 2016. AKRON • 31 Shepard Ave., Jennifer L. Patterson; Steven R. Patterson to Jessie Lavis; Kenneth Lavis, $139,900. ALDEN • 35 Exchange St., James L. Murphy; Tammy J0 Murphy to Glenn F. Orgill; Susan M. Orgill, $230,000. • 11…

Tops Markets plans to start moving by late summer into new headquarters on Wehrle Drive that will give the grocer room to expand. Frank Curci, Tops' chairman and CEO, said the company expects to hire another 40 workers within a year or two after the move is complete. Tops has 300 employees at two nearby sites on Spindrift and Earhart drives and leasing the space a…

Small business customers of M&T Bank feel pretty upbeat about the economy. Thirty-nine percent of respondents to a bank survey expect the economy to moderately improve in the next six months, while 36 percent expect it to remain stable. M&T polled businesses with annual sales of up to $10 million, from around the bank's footprint. The bank conducted the surve…

The Central Public Library will host a job fair next week. Nearly 30 businesses and organizations from the banking, health care, retail and other industries will be in attendance. There will be representatives from such companies as Bak USA Technologies Corp., Basil Family Dealerships, Seneca Resorts & Casinos and Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority. The jo…

The U.S. Small Business Administration's Buffalo district office and the SCORE Buffalo Niagara chapter will host Straight Talk 2017 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. The event provides entrepreneurs and small business owners with information about starting or growing a small business. There will be seminars as well as opportunit…

  Two massive projects are on the horizon for Amherst: a $250 million, mixed-use redevelopment of the former Westwood Country Club and revived talk of extending the light rail from Buffalo out to the UB North Campus. But aging office parks and retail complexes in the town have vacancies, and in recent years sentiment in the town has turned against the unfettered…

The owner of a former social club that sits just outside Niagara Falls State Park hopes to redevelop the space with a new family-friendly restaurant. Nirel Patel, owner of the former Niagara Club site on Buffalo Avenue in Niagara Falls, said he is pursuing an “active redevelopment plan” for the property. The former Niagara Club building houses an Indian restauran…

Michelle Casey spends a lot of time on the Thruway. She’s the president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Central and Western New York, which covers 18 counties on this side of upstate New York. Casey lives in Rochester, where the agency’s main administrative offices are based. But she regularly travels to the organization’s centers in Buffalo and Syracuse and s…

Depositing checks with the click of a cellphone camera. ATMs that let you video chat with an employee. Robots that suggest how to save money. Bank technology keeps evolving, giving customers ever-more ways to conduct transactions without stepping inside a branch. Banks are rolling out many of these features with an eye toward capturing younger customers, said G…

The Amherst Planning Board  has put off for two months action on a $250 million, mixed-used redevelopment plan for the former Westwood Country Club. Members voted 6-1 Thursday to adjourn any decision on the developer's request to rezone 147 acres of the 171-acre site until the board's March meeting at the earliest. Planning Board members also said they won't act on …

Benderson Development Company wants to meet the region's need for industrial and manufacturing space by converting a vacant retail plaza on the Cheektowaga-West Seneca border into a sprawling new light industrial complex. The Sarasota, Fla.-based real estate firm, whose roots remain in Buffalo, plans to redevelop the 178,000-square-foot Garden Village Plaza at 2343 Unio…

The Buffalo Preservation Board, fresh off a heated meeting a week ago, has scheduled a new public hearing early next month over Ciminelli Real Estate Corp.’s controversial project proposed for Elmwood Avenue and Bidwell Parkway. The board will hold a special public hearing at Lafayette High School, at 370 Lafayette Avenue, at 6 p.m. Thursday Feb. 2. The subject will be …

A 3-year-old drug-making subsidiary of Pine Pharmacy plans to build a $5.6 million drug compounding facility in the Town of Tonawanda to accommodate its nationwide growth. Pine Pharmaceuticals LLC, owned by Alfonse J. Muto, wants to construct a 25,000-square-foot, single-story building on a 4.2-acre undeveloped parcel at 355 Riverwalk Parkway in the Riverview Solar Tec…

M&T Bank Corp. would like to get back into the acquisition game. But first, it has to take care of some regulatory housekeeping. M&T has nearly finished the last step of a required review of the risk level of its customer base. Once regulators decide if they are satisfied with M&T's work, they will lift a "letter of agreement" in place since 2013 that bar…