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Plans to open a co-operative market in Williamsville are moving ahead, but any store opening is at least five years away as the volunteers behind the effort seek to raise more money and build more support for the project. The leaders of the group that is pushing to build the Village Co-Op Market of Williamsville on Friday said they've signed up 55 members so far. The…

Natale Builders plans to construct a single-story medical office building in East Amherst near the Transit Valley Country Club. The company is talking to prospective tenants but won't start construction until someone commits to the space, according to Bobby Corrao, president of Natale Development. The Amherst Planning Board approved the site plan. The 6,800-square…

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The Islamic Society of the Niagara Frontier plans to expand its mosque and religious center in Getzville. The organization received approval from the Amherst Planning Board Thursday for a proposed two-step expansion of the 18,500-square-foot Islamic Center at 745 Heim Road, just west of Hopkins Road. The work would add about 8,300 square feet of new space and take pl…

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Northtown Toyota received a green light Thursday from Amherst's Planning Board for its plan to expand a service building and update its facade in 2018. The board voted, 4-0, to approve the site plan filed by Northtown Automotive Cos. Northtown would reconfigure the floor plan in the service drive building at 1135 Millersport Highway and add 5,350 square feet of space…

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Lawyers for the Innocence Project want a state judge to order new DNA tests of evidence taken from the murder of an 82-year-old woman who was slain in her home in Amherst in 1995. The New York City-based organization made the request on behalf of Renay Lynch, a former Buffalo prostitute and drug addict who has been imprisoned since 1998 when she was convicted for  the r…

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Amherst Supervisor Brian J. Kulpa will give his first state of the town address at the Amherst Chamber of Commerce's annual luncheon on Friday, Jan. 26. The event takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Classics V restaurant, 2425 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst. In addition to the address by Kulpa, who took office this month, the event includes the installation of …

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CRS Cos. has scaled back its proposed development on a prime Williamsville corner to less than half its initial size. The developer planned to build an $8 million, four-story, 50,000-square-foot building at Main and South Long streets with 24 apartments and first-floor retail. But CRS President John E. "Skip" Cerio said economic considerations prompted the company to…

Buffalo Dental Group has bought the property in Amherst where it plans to build new offices to replace its Williamsville location. The practice purchased 1.3 acres of vacant land at 6600 and 6588 Main St., near Brompton Road, for $507,000 from Main Genesis Group LLC,  according to a document filed with the Erie County Clerk's Office. Dr. Bernard J. Kolber, a Buffalo …

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The Town of Amherst hired a new director of strategic planning Tuesday night – over the objections of one Town Board member and a town Republican committee member. The Town Board voted, 4-1, to appoint Maggie Hamilton Winship to the job that will pay $75,092 per year, with the Village of Williamsville expected to cover $15,000 of her salary in a shared-services agreemen…

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Benderson Development Co. will expand a retail building in the Eastgate Plaza in Clarence to make room for a City Mattress store, part of a musical-chairs shifting of three businesses along the Amherst-Clarence border. Benderson this week received approval from the Clarence Planning Board for an addition that would double the size of its 4,500-square-foot building at 49…

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The Town of Amherst will hold its Winterfest celebration on Jan. 20. The free event takes place from noon to 2:30 p.m. at the Harlem Road Community Center, 4255 Harlem Road, Amherst. Highlights include horse-drawn wagon rides, outdoor winter games, indoor gym activities, face painting, crafts, cookie decorating and snacks such as hot chocolate and doughnuts. At 2:30,…

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Dan DeLano doesn't look like your run-of-the-mill politician, and he doesn't have the typical background, either. The new 51-year-old mayor of Williamsville works in construction, plays music professionally, owned a tavern in Kenmore and was a stay-at-home dad. And his ample coif of rock-star hair makes him stand out from other Village Board members. But DeLano, who …

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Amherst Supervisor Brian J. Kulpa opposes a plan to redefine "family" in the town and said there are better ways to tackle the housing problems that spurred the proposed code change. Kulpa said he doesn't want the Town Board to bring the zoning code change up for a vote, effectively killing the proposal by leaving it in limbo. He said he believes other board members sha…

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The Williamsville Village Board could vote as soon as its Jan. 22 meeting to reduce the speed limit on some streets that run along parks in the village. The Village Board on Monday held public hearings on lowering the speed limit from 30 mph to 25 mph on five streets near South Long, Glen and Garrison parks. They include sections of Park Drive, South Ellicott Street, So…