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A developer has received $451,000 in tax breaks for a mixed-use building planned for the site of the former Fountain Court Motel in Clarence. The Clarence Industrial Development Agency board on Thursday approved the request for aid for the $5.6 million project. Stephen Development will earn $223,243 in property tax breaks over 10 years, $185,633 in sales tax breaks a…

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The owners of a Clarence automobile dealership have paid $1.3 million for a neighboring office building on Main Street. A limited liability company that has the same ownership group as the Mercedes-Benz of Buffalo dealership at 8185 Main St. has purchased the office building at 8171 Main St., just east of Transit Road, according to public records and the LLC's attorney,…

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After an eight-month moratorium, the Clarence Town Board has adopted a local law on "small wireless facilities." The law was passed Wednesday. Supervisor Patrick Casilio said it will focus on the location of microcell towers, which are small towers used to enhance signal strength for cellphones. Director of Community Development James B. Callahan said the law encoura…

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The Wehrle Golf Dome in Clarence was upgraded last year with a new roof, a new driving range, new turf and a restaurant – Rule 26. Now it could also be getting a patio. Rule 26, both a restaurant and a bar, is a clever nod to the rules of golfing, which allows a player who hit a ball into a water hazard to take a penalty stroke and place a ball outside of the hazard.…

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A new popcorn stand is coming to 6610 Goodrich Road in Clarence. Michael Sendlebeck told the Clarence Town Board on Wednesday that the 10-foot-by-16-foot shed will be a permanent structure, but a seasonal business, from May through October. The stand will be adjacent to Sendlebeck's home, which is in a commercial zone. The board granted him a one-year, temporary conditi…

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A new beer garden is just one of the changes that West Shore Brewing Company plans to make to draw in more customers and to keep them at the Clarence brewery longer. The owners of the brewery at 10995 Main St., just west of Antique World & Flea Market, have filed plans with the town to add a beer garden with outdoor seating and a game area just to the rear of the ex…

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Integer Holdings Corp. is laying the groundwork to sell off a significant portion of a 240-acre property that the battery and medical device manufacturer owns in Clarence. Integer, which was known as Greatbatch Inc. until a 2016 name change, is seeking permission to subdivide the vacant industrial property at Wehrle Drive and Shisler Road into three pieces. Documents…

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The Old Red Mill Inn farmhouse is beginning its transformation to a new restaurant with a familiar name. Clark Crook, owner of the Bar-Bill Tavern in East Aurora, is moving ahead with plans to open a second location, Bar-Bill Northtowns, in Clarence on the site of the Old Red Mill Inn property at 8326 Main St. The Old Red Mill Inn closed in 2015. Crook said the or…

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A founder of a safety equipment company in Buffalo has paid nearly $1.3 million for a residence in Spaulding Lake in Clarence. Charles J. "Chuck" Vallone Sr., the retired co-founder of DiVal Safety Equipment, and his wife, Jane, paid $1.28 million for the 6,720-square-foot home on Rockledge Drive, according to the deed. The Vallones bought the house, assessed at $1.1…

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Concerns about zoning, sewers and wetlands have delayed Cimato Enterprises’ 52-acre Woodland Hills project off Greiner Road for longer than it takes a student to go from kindergarten to a master’s degree. Graduation day finally came last week. On Wednesday, owner Fred Cimato finally won the approval he has been seeking from the Clarence Town Board since the mid-1990s…

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Can two farmers markets compete in Clarence? Benderson Development wants to open a farmers market Wednesday evenings in its Eastgate Mall parking lot at 5183 Transit Road. A public hearing on the plan is set for April 25. But the Clarence Hollow Farmers Market, an all-volunteer organization which has run a farmers market in the town for 15 years, is afraid Benderson'…

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"Welcome to Potholeville," says the sign on a bad stretch of Lakeview Road in Hamburg. It could be a sign in virtually every Western New York community. That's because cracks that were just bumps in the road a few weeks ago have opened into craters on city streets, county highways and state byways. "It is a safety hazard," said Hamburg Highway Superintendent Ted C…

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The woman had one condition. She was surprised when she met a couple of us from The Buffalo News in a driveway on Bridlewood Drive South in her Clarence neighborhood, and at first she wasn't sure she wanted to see anything about what she was doing in the paper. She thought it over. She took a good look at Gerri and Donald Mrugalski, standing in the garage and smiling at…

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A Clarence apartment building sustained about $40,000 in damage from a fire on Sunday afternoon, according to Amherst Fire Control. A fire alarm monitoring company at 2:12 p.m. reported sprinkler activation in the building at 4155 Capstone Circle, located behind The Dome golfing facility on Wehrle Drive. The fire in a kitchen area was contained by the sprinkler syste…