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Following are real estate transactions over $5,000 as listed in records of the Niagara County clerk’s office for the week ending April 28, 2017. LEWISTON • 4942 Big Vista Drive, Lewiston Development Group to Guy Muto; Laurie M. Muto, $399,050. CITY OF LOCKPORT • 238 West Ave., Diane Heiman to Raphaela Fisher; Richard M. Fisher, $113,000. • 1064 Old Niagara…

The City of Niagara Falls' NFC Development Corp. has approved $100,000 grants to a national pharmaceutical sales company and a locally owned Dairy Queen. KeySource USA, a pharmaceutical distributor, will move its national headquarters from Cincinnati to Niagara Falls through a $426,000 renovation of space in the Power City Building on Old Falls Street, NFC Executive Di…

Local health insurance executive Art Wingerter is branching out into economic development. Wingerter, the president of Univera Healthcare, last month was named chairman of Invest Buffalo Niagara, the local economic development and marketing group. Wingerter replaces Randall Clark, the local Dunn Tire executive who has been involved with Invest Buffalo Niagara since i…

The development team behind the second location for the Emerson School of Hospitality is now finalizing lease negotiations and hopes to begin construction soon at a former livery stable on West Huron Street. The Buffalo School Board formally awarded the  project to McGuire Development Co. and Mark Croce's Buffalo Development Co., ending an unusually visible battle that…

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…

Following are real estate transactions over $5,000 as listed in records of the Niagara County clerk’s office for the week ending April 21, 2017. CAMBRIA • 5172 Upper Mountain Road, Joseph P. Cacciatore to Lsf8 Master Participation Trust; US Bank Trust NA -Tr, $365,849. • 3251 Ridge Road, Joan L. Maulis to Jennifer E. Hilwig; Kenneth P. Hilwig, $120,000. CITY …

Plans for a $30 million condominium project at Elmwood and Forest avenues got a major boost this week when the developer won approval for eight zoning variances. But that doesn't mean the still-boiling controversy is over. Next up is the city Planning Board. And the zoning decision may face a legal challenge as well, as two neighbors have hired attorney Richard Lippes 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…

Juliana Keeping, of Oklahoma City, had to pay $1,000 out of pocket – five times – for a drug that prevented her 4-year-old son from catching a severe cold that could have had a catastrophic effect on his cystic fibrosis. Her insurer denied payment for the treatment, citing a 1960s study on handwashing. Tanya Koller, 53, of Schenectady, has battled diabetes for decad…

Batavia native Greg Watson wasn't sure what he might like to do after he landed his bachelor's degree in business administration from SUNY Fredonia State and moved back home. His mother is a retired nurse, his father a retired liquor salesman. As he filled out applications for more than 200 jobs back in 2003, he saw a classified ad in The Buffalo News for a hearing inst…

Two new small residential projects are proposing to create 11 new homes in Buffalo. Ellicott Development Co., owned by Carl and William Paladino, wants to put up two new attached townhomes at 55 Ojibwa Circle, in the Waterfront Village condo development. Designed by AP Architects, the two-story brick townhomes – shorter than other three-story buildings on the site …

Studio Hue, a company that leads Buffalo-themed arts and crafts projects at parties, will open a brick-and-mortar location this fall. Similar to the "paint and sip" concept, where patrons learn to paint in a cocktail party setting, Studio Hue's art instructors walk participants through craft projects. It books lessons in private homes, restaurants and bars, where partic…

Wild Birds Unlimited, a retail franchise specializing in regional backyard bird feeding, will open in East Amherst Aug. 5. The store is located at 8485 Transit Road. In addition to selling high-quality bird food, bird feeders and feeding supplies, it will sometimes host educational events. The franchisee is Clarence resident and bird watcher Angel Swann. Another loca…

Buffalo venture capital firm Rand Capital has invested an additional $3 million in Florida surgical instrument manufacturer Genicon. Rand said it made the investment as part of a $6.6 million round of fundraising that included money from venture firms Advantage Capital and Coastal Enterprises. Rand previously had invested in Genicon, which now is the largest single i…

Buffalo drug development company Athenex Inc. is launching an early-stage clinical trial for an oral form of a drug that potentially could be used as part of a treatment for gastric cancer. The Phase 1b clinical trial of its Oraxol drug, administered in conjunction with another drug, ramucirumab, is underway, with a patient recently receiving the first dose of the drug,…