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Two mixed-use projects proposed by Rane Property Management for the same section of Transit Road in East Amherst received initial approvals from the town Planning Board last week. Both projects combine apartment and retail elements and are extensions of existing Rane Management complexes in the area, according to plans filed with the town. In the first, Rane Manageme…

The restaurant replacing the Sonoma Grille won't open until next fall, but diners who want a preview of the menu can stop by the restaurant inside the Reikart House hotel. The developer behind the Reikart House, which replaced the former Lord Amherst Hotel, and the Hyatt Place hotel on the same campus in Snyder decided months ago to tear down the former Sonoma Grille bu…

A former Episcopal church at the corner of Linwood Avenue and North Street may become affordable senior housing after all, if the nonprofit religious developer can overcome concerns from the nearby neighborhood. Nearly three years after its original plan was rejected, the Episcopal Community Housing Development Organization has again proposed to convert the former Chur…

Ciminelli Real Estate Corp. and its partners are about two-thirds done with a $19 million project to convert the former Mentholatum Co. headquarters and manufacturing building on Niagara Street into 49 market-rate apartments. The developers are turning the five-story building into 13 two-bedroom apartments and 36 one-bedroom units, along with two storefront spaces total…

Canadian developer Harry Stinson has a signed contract to buy the Adam's Mark Hotel in downtown Buffalo. But the hotel's owner cautioned that the deal still has work before the sale closes. Stinson and Visions Hotels Chief Financial Officer Minesh Patel on Friday confirmed the formal agreement, which puts the transaction a step further than when Stinson disclosed in …

An $11 million hotel planned for the Northtown Center faces an uncertain future after the Amherst Planning Board on Thursday night recommended denying the rezoning change required for the project to move forward. The vote was 6-1. The Town Board will make the final decision on the zoning change, and it can overrule the opinion of the Planning Board. But several membe…

The owners of Northtowns Cardiology intend to build a one-story, 11,000-square-foot medical office building at 190 Maple Road, according to a site plan they filed for a project that spurred opposition from some residents when it was initially proposed. Dr. Dennis Chugh, co-owner of the practice, said the project in the Town of Amherst would cost about $2.5 million, incl…

When we wrote about the surprising cluster of chain stores that sell groceries in a 1.5-mile stretch of the Niagara Falls Boulevard corridor in west Amherst, we thought we had covered them all: Whole Foods (coming in September), Aldi, Feel-Rite Fresh Markets, Target, Tops Friendly Markets, Trader Joe's, Walmart and Wegmans. That's eight of them. Whew. It turns out th…

More than 120 seniors have new homes in the newly rehabilitated Baptist Manor Apartments, after the faith-based affordable housing development reopened Tuesday. The 127-unit building offers independent-living for people aged 62 and over. It's a housing partnership between the state, 3D Development Group LLC and Baptist Manor, a nonprofit that was formed 40 years ago fro…

The Amherst Industrial Development Agency is set to vote Friday on $1.3 million in tax breaks for a computer product testing lab's $9.1 million expansion project. The project would allow Bureau Veritas Consumer Products Services to consolidate its operations from three sites in the town into an expanded building in the Northpointe Commerce Park. Zaepfel Development Co.…

If you're shopping for groceries in Amherst and you can't find what you're looking for, you probably can't find it anywhere. That's because once Whole Foods Market opens its store in the Northtown Plaza next month, eight chain stores that sell groceries will be located within 1.5 miles, on or near the Niagara Falls Boulevard corridor in the town. It's a dizzying amou…

Plans for a hookah lounge and restaurant on Ridge Road will be reviewed Aug. 22 by the Lackawanna Planning and Development Board, said Drew Shapiro, the city's development director. The site at 174 Ridge formerly held Lackawanna Halal Market. A slaughterhouse remains in operation at the address, Shapiro said. "I'm not a big proponent of the hookah lounge, especia…

Uniland Development Co. can access the site at Amherst's Northtown Center where the company plans to build a hotel while it awaits the final approvals for the project. The Amherst Town Board agreed to let Uniland and its representatives onto the 3-acre parcel at 1615 Manor Drive to allow for site inspection, surveys, soil samples, physical inspection and an environmenta…