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Rising property values and return of commercial properties to tax rolls will drop the property tax rate for  Williamsville by 4.8 percent, Mayor Brian J. Kulpa says. Trustees proposed a $3.67 million budget for the new fiscal year that would reduce the general fund tax rate to $4.19, a drop of 21 cents per $1,000 from last year. "We are glad to see our property valu…

A proposed land swap between Natale Development and Williamsville has support among neighbors, according to Mayor Brian J. Kulpa. Natale originally proposed building dozens of townhouses and apartments on the site of a former construction yard on California Drive but ran into opposition last year from some neighbors and never gained approval from planners. The deal…

Two former Buffalo Athletic Club locations in the suburbs that had been acquired and then closed by L.A. Fitness have now been sold to Benderson Development Co. Benderson, through Undev LLC, paid $1.45 million to buy the two club buildings at 4687 Transit Rd. in Clarence and 1185 Niagara Falls Blvd. in Amherst from Fitness International LLC. Both were formerly BAC locat…

An 11,000-year-old mastodon can't walk into the offices of a radiology group and ask for a CT scan to see what's ailing it. But a retired curator from the Buffalo Museum of Science studying a set of mastodon bones thought running them through a CT scanner would help him understand what caused some of their unusual features. The diagnostic equipment at Great Lakes Me…

A Buffalo woman was charged with drug possession and a Buffalo man was charged with driving offenses after they were stopped on Main Street in Amherst early Thursday morning. Monique J. Miller, 21, a passenger in the car stopped at 4:16 a.m. in the 3500 block of Main Street, was charged with a felony count of fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance an…

The slate of candidates for fall races in the Town of Amherst continues to grow and could feature a rematch between two political foes. A familiar name in town politics for half a century, William L. Kindel, is attempting a return to office with a run for one of two Town Board seats to be vacated. Kindel served five four-year terms as a town councilman during 50 years o…

Natale Builders plans to construct up to 80 single-family and patio homes on 57 acres off New Road in East Amherst, according to an application filed with the town Planning Department. The development requires Town Board approval to rezone 49 acres of the site, which near where the Lockport Expressway ends at Millersport Highway and just west of Ransom Oaks and the Glen…

At least one name will be on the ballot for May's election of three seats on the Williamsville Board of Education, with petitions due in less than four weeks. Susan McClary, a retired Sweet Home teacher and current assistant to Amherst Supervisor Barry A. Weinstein, has submitted petitions to run, District Clerk Mitzie Serafin said. The school board election will …

Programs that serve the Williamsville Central School District's "most vulnerable students" would be at risk if the district loses any of its $4 million in federal aid, officials said this week. The Trump administration proposes cutting $9.2 billion — or 13.5 percent — from the Education Department’s budget, the Washington Post reported last week. That could mean …

The developer of the former Westwood Country Club has added townhouses, shifted a senior housing complex to the interior part of the site and removed an office building altogether in the latest version of its controversial plan to reuse the former golf course in Amherst. This is the fourth version of the project that Mensch Capital Partners has filed with the town, and …

A 24-unit apartment complex planned for East Amherst has stalled after the Amherst Town Board on Monday night voted against rezoning the project site. The Green Organization wants to construct two, 12-unit apartment buildings and eight detached garages at 4400 N. French Road, just west of Transit Road, on 2.7 acres of land. The property is now zoned for suburban agricul…

A dryer fire Sunday at a hotel in Amherst caused $25,000 in damage. After receiving a fire alarm activation at the Staybridge Suites, 1290 Sweet Home Road, firefighters from the Getzville Fire Co. arrived on the scene at 6:15 to find a dryer in a first-floor laundry room on fire and heavy smoke filling the hotel. A second alarm was called to assist with the removal of s…

Natale Development's proposal to build dozens of townhouses and apartments on the site of a former construction yard in Williamsville ran into opposition last year from some neighbors and never gained approval from planners. Now, a deal has been hashed out to revive the stalled California Drive housing project, but it hinges on a land swap between Natale Development and…

Two Amherst playgrounds will get improvements this year , but some volunteer muscle will be needed to make it happen. New playground equipment valued at $180,000 will be purchased for Billy Wilson Park on Hopkins Road. The equipment should be ready to use by June, said Mary-Diana Pouli, executive director of the town's Youth and Recreation Department. "It's going to …