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Amherst for years was known as the town that rarely said no to development. The town saw explosive growth in office parks, hotels and housing subdivisions in recent decades, particularly in the years after the opening of the University at Buffalo North Campus, and during and after Jack Sharpe's tenure as town supervisor from 1976 to 1990. But this year, the Town Boar…

Amherst for years was known as the town that rarely said no to development. The town saw explosive growth in office parks, hotels and housing subdivisions in recent decades, particularly in the years after the opening of the University at Buffalo North Campus, and during and after Jack Sharpe's tenure as town supervisor from 1976 to 1990. But this year, the Town Boar…

MIAMI BEACH – Jerry Lorenzo is about to talk baseball caps. Really expensive, simple, retro-beautiful baseball caps. The type of caps he saw players wearing when he was a kid. The type of caps that, in less pricey form, he would like to see kids wearing today. He’s about to get into all this, but then a muscular arm drapes across his shoulders. He turns. It’s Darr…

A new project under construction in Lancaster will feature a rare dual-branded hotel operation, with two different Hilton brands side-by-side under the same roof when it opens next year. The four-story facility under development by Emerald Hospitality Associates Inc. will include both a Home2 Suites and a Tru by Hilton, with a total of 165 rooms. Dubbed the Home2 …

A hearing on a proposed rate hike by National Grid that would increase residential delivery charges by 17.5 percent will be held on Aug. 1 at the Central Library. The hearing, conducted by the state Public Service Commission, will be split into two sessions. An afternoon session, with an information session at 2 p.m. and then public comments at 3 p.m., will be followed …

As Senate Republicans struggle over their attempts to repeal Obamacare, one word describes the landscape for health insurers: uncertainty. It's not clear whether repeated GOP efforts to undo much of the Affordable Care Act will ultimately succeed, and time is running short with the approach in a few months of open enrollment for 2018 health plans. Nor has it been cle…

Northwest Bancshares reported $31 million in net income in the second quarter, bolstered by the sale of three Maryland offices that generated an after-tax profit of $10.3 million. That was a big turnaround from a year ago, when the Pennsylvania-based bank reported a $7 million loss. During that quarter, the bank's results were dragged down by a $37 million pretax pe…

Larkinville's newest addition, the Swan Street Diner, will be open for business by September. The vintage diner that Larkin Development Group principal Howard Zemsky bought and transported from Central New York is being installed on its new site at 694 Swan St. Located across from Larkin Square and next to the Hydraulic Hearth restaurant operated by Zemsky's son, it'…

Tompkins Financial Corp., the Ithaca-based parent company of Tompkins Bank of Castile, reported second quarter net income of $16.9 million, up 14.1 percent from the same period a year ago. The bank said its diluted earnings per share of $2.13 through June was the highest total for the first six months of any year in its history. Batavia-based Tompkins Bank of Cast…

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…

Following are real estate transactions over $5,000 as listed in records of the Erie County clerk’s office for the week ending June 16, 2017.23 ALDEN • 13099 Main St., Kim M. Clarke to Ashley Grabski, $172,500. • 1030 Exchange St., Nathan J. Klimko to Ryan Benninger, $135,000. • 2891 Peters Corners Road, Donna J. Andrews; Christopher D. Payne; Donna J. P…

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 …