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One of Western New York's smallest banks has named a new chief executive to succeed its longtime head as part of a planned management transition. Alden State Bank on Wednesday promoted Steven J. Woodard to president and CEO, effective Jan. 1, 2018. He will take over from Richard D. Koelbl, who has held those titles since 1991, but will remain full-time chairman of the b…

Ever wonder what happened to Willoughby Exchange? It hasn't gone away. But it did go back to the drawing board. Craig Willoughby's proposal for a 10-story apartment building at Main and East Ferry streets created some furor in the surrounding neighborhood when the auto insurance purveyor first promoted it over a year ago. So he and his partners have been tweaking it thro…

About 400 street parking spaces in the city's central business district are listed as "no-parking" zones or are incorrectly priced, leaving them unused or underused at a time when downtown parking remains a problem for many, according to Buffalo Place. The nonprofit business improvement district, which oversees activities along Main Street and adjacent roads, is conduct…

When Catholic Health System made plans to offer methadone, suboxone and other medications to drug-dependent patients in Amherst, it wanted to do that at its existing outpatient drug treatment center on Sheridan Drive. But the clinic's landlord balked at drugs being distributed there. It refused to renew the lease. That meant Catholic Health had to seek a new location…

A $10.8 million project to convert a vacant former Methodist church on Richmond Avenue into a performing arts campus is getting $395,600 in tax breaks through the Erie County Industrial Development Agency. The subsidies were approved by the IDA board Wednesday for developers Rachel Ann and Ryan Heckl's project to turn the former Richmond Methodist Episcopal Church at 46…

White House Black Market, a women's clothing store, has reopened at Walden Galleria. The store has moved to the lower level across from H&M and Anthropologie. It made the move to accommodate a highly anticipated Zara store. Zara, a fast-fashion clothing store, will fill 30,309 square feet on the upper and lower levels when it is slated to open in winter. Until n…

Arthur Wingerter, the president of Univera Healthcare, has been named chairman of the Invest Buffalo Niagara board of directors. Wingerter replaces Randall L. Clark, the Dunn Tire chairman and president, who has been Invest Buffalo Niagara's chairman on two separate occasions. Also named to the Invest Buffalo Niagara board were: vice chairman, Douglas Dimitroff, Phil…

Canterbury Woods has completed a $2.3 million renovation and expansion of its Amherst campus that includes a refurbished swimming pool, a fitness center and an environmentally friendly green roof. The senior community, sponsored by the Episcopal Church Home & Affiliates, unveiled its new suburban wellness and fitness center this week – the latest physical expansio…

A new biotechnology developed at the University at Buffalo shows promise in helping to treat autoimmune diseases, and the State University of New York is investing $50,000 for more study of its effectiveness in gene therapy. Sathy V. Balu-Iyer, UB professor of pharmaceutical science, has invented a nanoparticle that can be used in conjunction with biologic drugs that of…

The University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine has completed the first phase of a $25 million renovation of its pre-clinical simulation center and patient clinics. This is the school’s first major renovation in more than 30 years with a goal of significantly upgrading Squire Hall on the South Campus as an educational and clinical treatment facility. The new si…

Joe Dash will change the way he seeks city approval for a new supermarket on Hertel Avenue in an effort to appease community concerns about what the property may some day become. The owner of Dash's Market on Hertel Avenue hopes to demolish the store and build an expanded grocery on the site, but he ran into community opposition after asking the city to change its zonin…

A program to get more people to take public transit to the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus drew 98 campus workers from member institutions that took advantage of a one-week free trial in May, the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus Inc. said. The campus organization and public transportation officials partnered to offer the free trial to entice people to consider alternative …

Construction on the 12-story John R. Oishei Children's Hospital is nearing the home stretch. Work by Turner Construction Co. on the 183-bed hospital in the heart of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus is expected to be done by late summer. "We expect construction to be wrapped up by the end of August, with training and orientation of employees in September and October…

After being closed for nearly two months, the ALDI store on Sheridan Drive in the Town of Tonawanda has reopened for business. The store had been closed for remodeling since May 1. The $1.85 million overhaul was aimed at giving the store a more modern, convenient design. Improvements include more open ceilings and natural lighting as well as beefed-up produce, dairy …

The public is invited to offer input on what kinds of development they'd like to see take place along the existing Metro Rail line in Buffalo and along the proposed expansion into the Northtowns at a workshop Wednesday on the University at Buffalo South Campus. The Greater Buffalo Niagara Regional Transportation Council and the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority…