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Stephen T. Watson

Stephen T. Watson reports on development, real estate and business in the towns of Amherst and Clarence, along with development, government and school districts throughout the Northtowns. A native of the Town of Tonawanda, he worked at the Post-Standard newspaper in Syracuse before starting at The Buffalo News in 2001.


Local News

Family members and volunteers say the closing this fall of an outpatient health care center located in the Northtown Plaza is a painful blow to the veterans it serves. Local Department of Veterans Affairs administrators decided to shut down the program, located in the Northtown Business Center on Sheridan Drive, because they say the property owner intends to tear down t…

Amherst

An 18-year-old former Chuck E. Cheese's employee and her mother are charged with robbery and assault in a June attack on the teen's co-worker at the chain's Amherst location. Keinisha Ware and Sonya L. Holmes, 49, who live together in northeast Buffalo, surrendered to Amherst police July 12, according to police and court records. Amherst police did not disclose the arre…

Local News

An attorney and member of the Williamsville School Board is in line to join the Amherst Industrial Development Agency's board of directors, replacing the IDA board's vice chair who resigned over tax breaks granted by the agency. The Amherst Town Board on Monday is expected to appoint Philip S. Meyer to the IDA board seat vacated by Michele Marconi last month. Marconi re…

Local News

Move over Shark Girl – Williamsville has its first piece of public art. A couple who is deeply engaged in village life has donated a cast bronze statue of two children, sitting on a bench reading a book, that was installed Monday in a pocket park between Williamsville Village Hall and the Williamsville Library. Nick and Marcia Roth paid $6,000 for the statue, named "…

Local News

A privately owned castle built on an island in Ellicott Creek in Williamsville has changed hands for the first time in more than 60 years. Sheryl M. Davies and her husband, Jason, purchased the century-old stone home known as "Cambria Castle" or "Oechsner's Castle" from the family that has owned the 1.3-acre property on Dream Island since the 1950s, according to a deed …

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Amherst expects to close next month on its $1.7 million purchase of the former Buffalo Harley-Davidson dealership in Eggertsville, a building the town would transform into a police training complex. The Town Board last week voted to borrow $2.1 million to cover the purchase price and about $400,000 to clean up the building at 4220 Bailey Ave., install fire supression eq…

Local News

The Amherst Town Board has voted to spend $191,000 to buy a property that wraps around a vacant former gas station site in Eggertsville that has long frustrated town officials. The two properties sit at the corner of Niagara Falls Boulevard and Kenmore Avenue, a gateway into Amherst. The Town Board last week agreed to purchase 143 Kenmore Ave., an L-shaped property that…

Bills-Free

When Sabres star Jack Eichel went house hunting, he ended up buying a $985,000 waterfront townhome from a familiar face – former Bills GM Doug Whaley. Talk about One Buffalo. That Pegula Sports and Entertainment mantra could just as easily apply to real-estate deals as it does to how the Bills and Sabres perform on the turf and on the ice. The Whaley-Eichel transa…

Local News

The vice chairwoman of the Amherst Industrial Development Agency has resigned after the agency's board approved nearly $1.2 million in tax breaks for what she labeled a "blatantly ineligible" hotel project. Michele F. Marconi, who was a critic of the Amherst IDA's practices before her January 2015 appointment to the board, said she is frustrated that she was not abl…

Buffalo

Sabres star Jack Eichel has a lucrative contract that kicks in this season – and a new place to live in Buffalo. Eichel paid $985,000 for the waterfront townhouse owned by former Bills general manager Doug Whaley and Whaley's wife, Stephanie, according to a document filed Friday with the Erie County Clerk's Office. The property on Ojibwa Circle was built in 2016 and …

Business

The longtime Calico Corners store in Williamsville has closed, and the building it shared with Talbots has a new owner. Elma-based Walden Development Group, owned by Frank Campofelice, paid $2.79 million for the property at 5487 Main St., just west of South Cayuga Road and next to the Original Pancake House, according to a deed filed with the Erie County Clerk's Office.…

Amherst

Williamsville's main drag is a real drag these days. Crews are in the middle of an extensive construction project meant to calm traffic on this busy section of Main Street and make it easier for people to walk around the village. But the Picture Main Street work is shrinking sections of the thoroughfare to one lane in each direction, temporarily stealing on-street pa…

Amherst

You don't need to visit a wildlife refuge to get a look at black bears, coyotes and deer. These days, Erie County's suburbs are where the wild things are. Early summer's Great Black Bear Hunt highlighted just how much nature and civilization overlap. And the decision by Amherst police to shoot an injured bear stirred up strong emotions. It's part of the larger con…

Local News

Erie County will turn over Garrison Road to the Village of Williamsville after it completes about $372,000 in work there this fall. Garrison Road runs half a mile from Main Street to Wehrle Drive and carries 8,750 vehicles per day. The county owns numerous short roads that are best maintained by municipalities where they are located, allowing the county to focus on heav…