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There's an extra $200,000 in the pockets of Paul Michael Bliss, and he's certainly not complaining. The Clarence construction contractor and developer won Thursday's court-ordered foreclosure sale for a Lancaster hotel — just one week after he nearly paid significantly more at a public auction for the same property. With his bid of $1.35 million, Bliss gained the rig…

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The Village of Lancaster is the latest community to relax its overnight winter parking restrictions due to unseasonably warm temperatures and no snowfall forecast. Mayor William C. Schroeder announced Wednesday morning the village's parking ban is lifted until March 6. Cheektowaga officials on Tuesday announced the town's ban is suspended until March 1 when it will b…

Amherst

Tops Markets said Wednesday its Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing would not affect the more than 14,000 employees at its headquarters in Amherst and its network of stores in three states. But those workers, most represented by the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union Local One, will keep a close eye on proceedings in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the Southern Di…

Lancaster

A fire that started Tuesday in an apartment above Lancaster's Yelling Goat, a restaurant at 206 Central Ave., caused an estimated $300,000 in damage to the building and contents, according to a fire official. Village of Lancaster Fire Chief James S. Volpe Jr. said the fire was reported at about 3:44 p.m. "When I arrived, there was fire coming out the two front window…

Business

An Oregon hotel investor and operator thought his nearly $1.6 million bid had won the auction for the Buffalo Airport Inn in Lancaster. Hours later, the deal fell through when the hotel's current owner rejected the bid. The sudden turnabout by Singh Lodging likely means that the struggling Lancaster hotel is heading to another type of auction – a foreclosure auction …

Erie County

A driver apparently suffered a medical emergency causing him to crash into a house on Broadway in Lancaster on Tuesday, according to police. The crash happened at about 12:45 p.m. near Grafton Court. The driver, identified only as a 40-year-old man, was transported to Erie County Medical Center by ambulance, Lancaster police said. No one was in the house at the time,…

Construction and Growth

A cellular tower – Lancaster's 13th – was recommended for approval Tuesday by the town Planning Board – but the endorsement was not unanimous. The State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) meeting took place before the Town Board's work session and regular meeting. Joseph Keefe, an attorney who sits on the Planning Board, was vocal in his concern over the impact of a…

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The Lancaster Town Board on Monday night bolstered its Dog Control Department by approving the hiring of a part-time officer, boosting the pay of four other part-time officers and giving the chief officer a $16,000 salary hike over two years. Newcomer Alana M. Turchiarelli will join four other part-time employees in the Dog Control Department, earning $13 an hour. The f…

Amherst

Hamburg's highway superintendent wants to quit leading the Buildings and Grounds Department, and the town is investigating how that might happen. The duties of highway superintendents are laid down in state law, and include taking care of highways and bridges. They are not required to operate another department, but many superintendents have taken on additional work, in…

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Lancaster police made two prostitution arrests last week at a hotel and a motel near the Thruway. Both arrests were made after undercover officers responded to internet ads for prostitution, said Lancaster Police Capt. William J. Karn Jr. Savannah Lambert, 24, of Buffalo, was arrested on a misdemeanor prostitution charge shortly before 8 p.m. Thursday at the Red Roof…

Lancaster

The parcel of land on Genesee Street contained a hodgepodge of abandoned gravel pits and overgrown farm fields in 1995, but Timothy Davis envisioned it as a golf course. He was 34, and Davis, a golf pro, was looking to build his second golf course in the Town of Lancaster. "If you looked past the gravel pits and fields, there was a lot of nice settings for golf holes," …

Construction and Growth

Como Park Townhouses, a six-unit residential development in the Village of Lancaster, received a green light from the Lancaster Planning Board. The single-story structure will be located on Como Park Boulevard west of Penora Street on a .92-acre parcel, said Kevin Loftus, Lancaster Town attorney. Developer Kulback's Construction Inc. plans two-bedroom units with a ga…

Lancaster

The Lancaster Town Board approved the appointment of a Rochester police officer by a 4-1 vote Tuesday night, but one Council member objected to the potential cost to the town. Veteran Councilman Ronald Ruffino voted against the resolution because of the reimbursement cost the town may incur in hiring Officer Philip J. Carcaci from another police agency. "I'm voting n…

Lancaster

Lancaster town officials have set a public hearing for 7:15 p.m. Jan. 16 on a proposed new law that would revive a property tax exemption for Cold War Veterans. The exemption expired at the end of 2017 because of a sunset provision mandated by the state, said Lancaster Supervisor Johanna Coleman. "We're considering a law that would amend the Lancaster code and contin…

Business

Commercial real estate investors Nicholas and Dimitri Tzetzo have acquired a Tudor-style commercial mixed-use building in Lancaster from veteran bankruptcy attorney Peter Grubea, who will remain a tenant. Tzetzo Companies LLC, through Oakridge MFR Holdings LLC and RDNW LLC, partnered with Wayne Keller's WKP2 LLC to purchase the English Park Village property at 338 Harri…