Tops Markets plans to start moving by late summer into new headquarters on Wehrle Drive that will give the grocer room to expand. Frank Curci, Tops' chairman and CEO, said the company expects to hire another 40 workers within a year or two after the move is complete. Tops has 300 employees at two nearby sites on Spindrift and Earhart drives and leasing the space a…

  Two massive projects are on the horizon for Amherst: a $250 million, mixed-use redevelopment of the former Westwood Country Club and revived talk of extending the light rail from Buffalo out to the UB North Campus. But aging office parks and retail complexes in the town have vacancies, and in recent years sentiment in the town has turned against the unfettered…

The Amherst Planning Board  has put off for two months action on a $250 million, mixed-used redevelopment plan for the former Westwood Country Club. Members voted 6-1 Thursday to adjourn any decision on the developer's request to rezone 147 acres of the 171-acre site until the board's March meeting at the earliest. Planning Board members also said they won't act on …

A Williamsville developer is asking the Town of Amherst to rezone seven acres of land along Sweet Home Road where he plans to build 79 upscale apartment units, according to plans filed with the Amherst Planning Board. Robert A. Savarino would build two three-story apartment buildings, along with six single-story garage buildings, on seven acres of the nearly 12-acre par…

David S. Mingoia has held the title of interim executive director and chief financial officer of the Amherst Industrial Development Agency, but that is about to change. The board of directors of the IDA plans to remove the interim tag when it meets Friday. Mingoia has held the position on an interim basis since April 15, when James J. Allen retired after 36 years ove…

The assessed value of land at the former Westwood Country Club in Amherst was reduced by nearly two-thirds under a settlement the Amherst Town Board approved Tuesday night. The settlement will end a civil action brought against the town by an investor group that bought the club five years ago and is planning a $250 million mixed-use project there. Town Assessor David…

LOCKPORT -- State Police said they  charged Lucile C. Lillenthal, 22, of Amherst, with driving impaired by drugs and marijuana possession after she was found in a parked SUV outside a Town of Lockport apartment complex Saturday. Troopers had been called to the site after getting a disturbance call involving an allegedly heated argument between and man and a woman, who …

Tops Markets is exploring a plan to consolidate its headquarters from several locations into a single site in Amherst, according to paperwork filed with the Amherst Industrial Development Agency. Tops would move into a building now occupied by PHH Mortgage at 1760 Wehrle Drive, at Youngs Road across from the Erie Community College North Campus. The grocery-store cha…

A garage fire at a fence business on Transit Road in Clarence caused an estimated $200,000 in damage overnight, authorities said. The blaze at Picket Fence & Exteriors, 6695 Transit, was reported at about 1:36 a.m. by an Amherst police officer on patrol who saw smoke coming from a storage garage, according to Amherst Fire Control. Firefighters found fire inside a…

The assessed value of land to be redeveloped at the former Westwood Country Club in Amherst would be reduced by nearly two-thirds under a settlement reached between the town and the investor group that bought the club five years ago. Mensch Capital Partners wants to redevelop the vacant golf course at Sheridan Drive and North Forest Road into a new mixed-use neighborho…

As a young boy, Hans G. Reif and other youngsters at his school in Stuttgart, Germany, were given a break from class and marched to the city’s central plaza. Standing amid the crowd, the 10-year-old Hans and his schoolmates watched from a distance as Adolf Hitler stood on a balcony and waved. He says he remembers little more than that. But Reif has clear memorie…

This year will be pivotal for the future of the superintendent in the area’s largest suburban school district. Scott G. Martzloff is in his sixth year as superintendent at Williamsville Central Schools, and there are signs that could make any chief executive nervous: The feud between him and the Williamsville Teachers Association shows no signs of letting up, and n…

After members of the largest suburban district in Western New York raised concerns in November about continuing membership in the New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA), the Williamsville Central School Board got a visit Tuesday night from the association's executive director. It's not unusual for school board members to question why they pay to belong to org…

The new Whole Foods Market in Amherst, scheduled to open this summer, will offer shoppers more than just an array of fresh, frozen and prepared foods and a coffee bar. It'll have a bocce court and a tap room. Detailed interior plans filed with the Amherst Building Department by the Austin, Texas-based company show designated areas for typical grocery amenities, inclu…

The Amherst Town Board Tuesday unanimously approved a two-year agreement with the town's white collar workers that includes a 2 percent raise in 2017 and a 2.5 percent in 2018. The agreement is an extension of a contract that was first reached between the town and CSEA Local 815 in 2009 and extended for two years in 2014. The union is the town's largest, representing ov…