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Developer William L. Huntress has won a $3 million jury verdict against the Town of Amherst after a four-week trial in state court.Huntress sued the Town Board after it voted in 2006 to rescind a previous approval for an office park at 2190 Wehrle Drive.During the trial, his lawyers argued that the board’s about-face on the project was due to opposition from neighbors an…

The Williamsville School Board has filled two key administrative positions, the district announced Wednesday.Jeffrey Jachlewski was appointed the new principal of Heim Middle School, and Christopher Mucica was appointed instructional specialist for health, physical education and athletics.Jachlewski has been the assistant principal at Heim Middle for five years, and Mucica…

The local YMCA is again offering free fitness classes in parks throughout the area this summer, through a program co-sponsored by Independent Health. This year, the program expanded into Niagara County, as sessions are being held at Artpark in Lewiston.The “Fitness in the Parks” program offers classes such as pilates, yoga and cardio dance at eight parks: Artpark, Bass…

The Grapevine, on Niagara Falls Boulevard in Amherst, is known for its casual American menu with an emphasis on fresh seafood, a patio room with retractable roof, gurgling water features, tropical foliage, and spectacular saltwater tanks full of colorful tropical fish.Most entrees on the dinner menu hover around $13 to $18, with a few selections above that. So John, Pat an…

The Amherst Conservative Committee has endorsed a slate of Democrats for November’s elections.Chairman William L. Kindel announced that the committee is supporting Council Member Mark A. Manna for supervisor against incumbent Republican Barry A. Weinstein.The Conservatives also support Democrats Patricia S. Dunne and Ramona D. Popowich for Town Board, and Kara A. Buscagl…

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Area shopping malls have been busy adding new attractions.H&M, a Sweden-headquartered retailer known for its trendy yet affordable clothing, will open at noon Thursday in Boulevard Mall. The 22,000-square-foot store will occupy part of the former Abercrombie & Fitch site in the corridor between Macy’s and the mall’s food court. It will have its own exterior entrance on…

Special Olympics New York is inviting the public to cheer on the 1,800 athletes and coaches competing in the annual State Summer Games next weekend at the University at Buffalo. All events and parking are free.Opening ceremonies, including a parade of athletes and the lighting of the Special Olympics cauldron, will be held at 8 p.m. Friday in Alumni Arena on the North Camp…

Kaleida Health is planning an expansion of Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital that includes a 10-bed neonatal intensive care unit, according to documents filed with the Town of Amherst’s Planning Department.The hospital system plans three projects encompassing 33,940 square feet of new space, said Eric Gillert, the town’s planning director.The one-story neonatal ICU wi…

The battle over large hotels in Amherst isn’t ending anytime soon.A group of homeowners who live near the proposed Hyatt Place hotel said they would fight the town’s approval of the controversial project, and now they’re following through.Members of the Livingston Parkway Association will be in State Supreme Court next week to kick off their legal challenge to the pr…

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The two hotel projects being built on the outskirts of Williamsville are dividing the community.Some say the projects are just what the Main Street corridor needs to continue developing into a thriving suburban center.Others think they’re monstrosities that will destroy what makes the Williamsville area special.“We really need to think about the future, and we need to …

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In the past two days, the developers of a controversial six-story suburban hotel project have gotten everything they wanted – except for good will. They’ve gotten plan approval. They’ve gotten $1.4 million in tax breaks. As far as the Town of Amherst is concerned, little stands in the way of a spring groundbreaking.But that’s very likely to change despite Iskalo De…

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The controversial, six-story Hyatt Place project won its second major victory in less than 12 hours today, with the Amherst Industrial Development Agency approving more than $1.4 million in tax breaks for the development.The approval of the tax breaks, which came in a 4-3 vote during an unusually long two-hour meeting, came after just hours after the Amherst Planning Board…

It’s been a long time since members of the Amherst Town Board were screamed at, but Monday night’s meeting definitely counted as a screaming and yelling affair. Some worried meeting observer, apparently, even called the police.Frustrations surrounding the controversial Hyatt Place project led opponents to jeer and boo from the audience. Supervisor Barry Weinstein was c…

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A decision by the Amherst Zoning Board of Appeals to approve all nine variances for the controversial Hyatt Place hotel project at the Youngmann Highway-Main Street interchange has surprised some town officials and dramatically increased the chances that the $15 million, six-story hotel will receive final approval from the town next month.The existing site plan for the pro…

An attempt by an Amherst council member to place a temporary halt to all six-story building construction in Amherst was soundly defeated, but not before some heated debate and audience participation on the topic at Monday night's board meeting.Council Member Mark Manna put forth a resolution calling for the town to place a moratorium on the approval of any projects greater…