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Don't get used to all that open space at Canalside. After mostly incremental changes, bigger projects are planned to make Canalside into the vibrant, historically themed downtown waterfront envisioned a decade ago. That plan called for buildings with residences, restaurants, shops and bars along cobblestone streets. "Ultimately, most of the green space that you see a…

The owner of the Northtown Plaza has reeled in one of the big-name retailers from its wish list. L.L. Bean has signed a lease to open its first store in the area at the Amherst shopping plaza, according to a document filed with the Erie County Clerk's Office. The venerable outdoor retailer is the second tenant publicly identified for the plaza on Sheridan Drive near …

Ciminelli Real Estate Corp. has submitted its plan to build a subdivision of 133 single-family homes on the Muir Woods property for review by the Amherst Planning Board. The board could start to review the project's environmental impact at its June 15 meeting now that Ciminelli has filed an application with the town's Planning Department. It is the first of several rev…

The Clarence Industrial Development Agency board of directors on Thursday approved nearly $183,000 in tax breaks for a Rochester-based mortgage company to support its 2-mile move from Amherst into a former bank branch in Clarence. Premium Mortgage is expected to spend about $3 million to purchase and upgrade the former KeyBank at 4401 Transit Road, near Main Street, an…

Seal & Design, the Clarence-based gasket and seal maker, has received $26,000 in sales tax breaks from the town's Industrial Development Agency to support $300,000 in infrastructure improvements to the company's production facility. The incentives will retain the 88 jobs at the company's Clarence location and create three jobs, according to Paul Leone, a consultant …

Menne Nursery is planting the seed for a move from its longtime home on Niagara Falls Boulevard in Amherst to make way for a Delta Sonic car wash, gas station and restaurant. The family-owned nursery, which started at the site in northwest Amherst in 1939, would move its landscaping business to a smaller property in East Amherst and move its retail store to one in Nort…

WS Development has a picture on its website of a bustling shopping plaza in Amherst with two rows of shops lining a packed parking lot. The Massachusetts-based developer calls it a "highly visible retail destination" that hosts the region's only Whole Foods. The reality at the former Northtown Plaza is far different. Although Whole Foods is under construction and is …

Elon Musk expects Tesla's new solar roof to be big, both for the company and the massive solar factory it will operate in Buffalo. But Musk isn't expecting the solar roof to be an overnight success, and that means the highly anticipated new product likely won't lead to a gush of new orders that will accelerate production at the RiverBend factory. In fact, Musk said l…

Amherst residents will have a chance to say what they think about changes proposed to the town's comprehensive plan at two upcoming meetings. The town is hosting public information meetings Wednesday in the Transit Middle School cafeteria, 8730 Transit Road, East Amherst, and May 23 in the Amherst Middle School library, 55 Kings Highway, Snyder. Both sessions start at 6…

Tesla's solar panel factory in South Buffalo is getting closer to launch. More than six months after unveiling sleek solar roofing tiles that are expected to be a primary product of the sprawling RiverBend factory, Tesla started to take orders for solar roofs from customers Wednesday. [Gallery: SolarCity unveils new solar roof styles] The announcement is a key ste…

Uniland Development Co. has agreed to develop an $11 million Hampton by Hilton hotel at the town-owned Northtown Center in Amherst, The Buffalo News has learned. The Amherst Town Board on Monday night narrowly approved an agreement with Uniland to act as the developer of the new hotel at Northtown Center. There are a number of hurdles that must be overcome before th…

Marrano/Marc Equity is ready to begin construction on its $42 million Windstone development of patio homes, townhomes and condominiums in Amherst. The homebuilder is awaiting approval from the state Attorney General's Office for its offering plan. The development would be governed by a homeowner's association under New York's condominium laws, and homebuyers would be el…

A panel of state appeals justices Friday rejected the arguments of an environmental group and several individuals seeking to block the proposed Queen City Landing project, potentially clearing the way for work to begin on the planned 23-story apartment tower on Lake Erie. The unanimous ruling by the Appellate Division of the Fourth Judicial Department upheld a prior cou…

A Rochester-based mortgage company that leases space in Amherst is seeking nearly $183,000 in tax breaks to support its purchase and renovation of a former bank branch 2 miles away in Clarence. The Clarence Industrial Development Agency released the value of the proposed tax breaks Thursday, two weeks before the agency's board is set to vote on Premium Mortgage's reques…

As Tesla Inc. gears up to start making solar panels at its massive factory in Buffalo, its SolarCity business is slowing down. A lot. The company disclosed new details Wednesday about its shrinking solar energy business and how Tesla is reshaping its solar operations in a changing market. The numbers weren't pretty, either. SolarCity installed 39 percent less sola…