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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 Alb…

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 will b…

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 project …

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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 thin…

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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 Developmen…

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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 calle…

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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…

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Amherst is in the midst of a hotel boom after nearly a decade of relative dormancy in the hospitality market – and not everybody is happy about it.Three hotels are currently under construction or working toward site-plan approval. And Supervisor Barry Weinstein is asking the Town Board today to seek proposals for another new hotel or two at the site of the Northtown Center…

The battle between a developer and high-end homeowners over a proposed six-story Hyatt Place hotel raged on Tuesday, this time before the town Zoning Board of Appeals.About 200 residents, wearing red, packed Amherst Council Chambers, as people came forward to again criticize the proposed height and the appropriateness of a major hotel located close to a residential neighbo…

The Amherst Industrial Development Agency on Friday approved nearly $2 million in tax breaks for Iskalo Development Co.'s renovation of the Lord Amherst Hotel and Sonoma Grille restaurant, despite vocal opposition from Snyder residents who object to plans for a larger Hyatt Place on the same property.A crowd of nearly two dozen people attended the morning meeting, with six…

A group of Amherst residents opposed to the potential construction of a six-story hotel near the site of the present two-story Lord Amherst Motel on Main Street in Snyder began a petition drive Thursday aimed at derailing the project before it is officially proposed.“We don’t know what may be proposed,” Town Planning Director Eric W. Gillert and his assistant, Gary B. Blac…

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Controversial plans for a six-story chain hotel behind the landmark Lord Amherst Hotel on Main Street have taken another step forward with Iskalo Development’s announcement that the new hotel will be branded a Hyatt Place hotel, the first of its brand in the region. The hotel would face the high-profile I-290/Main Street interchange.“Hyatt is certainly a very strong, inte…