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Nearly $30 million worth of commercial real estate transactions closed within the last two months in Erie County, ranging from restaurants and oil-change shops, to medical office and manufacturing buildings, to apartments, nursing homes and even vacant land for future housing. The $28.5 million in deals stretched from Buffalo, Kenmore, Tonawanda and Amherst in the north…

Business

KeyCorp.'s commercial real estate lending division has provided a $45.8 million loan to Hamister Group to refinance debt on the Orchard Heights senior housing property in Orchard Park. KeyBank Real Estate Capital originated the fixed-rate, 15-year loan for the 162-unit property at 5200 Chestnut Ridge Road, which was constructed in 1992 and renovated in 2016. It includes…

Local News

Bridge maintenance work on Route 219 will continue next week on a section of the expressway in Orchard Park. The New York State Department of Transportation said lane closures are scheduled to occur to allow for the construction of temporary crossover lanes. Long-term lane closures will begin Monday between Boston State Road (Route 391) and Armor Duells Road.  The le…

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A man seriously burned at a North Benzing Road business Wednesday afternoon is in critical condition, according to Orchard Park Police. The call, which came in at 1:12 p.m., reported a person and a vehicle were on fire at Buffalo & Orchard Park Topsoil. Paramedics were working on the 33-year-old man when police arrived, and he was taken to Erie County Medical Center…

Bills

Ezra Castro, who has established a national identity as the costumed Buffalo Bills fan who calls himself Pancho Billa, learned from doctors Thursday morning that he is entering hospice care for cancer that began with a mass around his spine and spread into other organs, including his liver and lungs. Yet even at the most heartbreaking moments, Castro, like so many Bills…

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Orchard Park Police Chief Mark F. Pacholec will retire May 3 with a 20 percent pay increase for this year, 80 comp days and up to $12,500 in longevity pay, under an agreement reached with the town. Pacholec, who has worked for the town 22 years, signed the agreement Tuesday and the Town Board, by a 3-0 vote, approved it Wednesday evening. The agreement ends one of th…

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A proposal to build a hotel, houses and retail on 91 acres in Orchard Park is just one of the projects on the town's busy planning agenda. But last week the town told its planning coordinator, who had been involved in town planning for more than 30 years, that his job was done. "He's not available in the building enough," Town Supervisor Patrick Keem said of John P. …

Bills

Ezra Castro was in a hospital room Saturday in Houston, going through more tests, when he heard about Stevie Johnson's proposal. Castro, who is in treatment for stage 4 cancer, is a Dallas mortician who often shows up for Buffalo Bills games in the luchador mask and sombrero of the character he calls "Pancho Billa." Johnson, a former Bills wideout, has been selected by …

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The four finalists for the job conducting the Orchard Park Symphony will have on-the-job tryouts. Matt Marco, who has conducted two recent productions of Buffalo Opera Unlimited, is the accompanist for the Buffalo Master Chorale, and performs with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, will lead the orchestra Oct. 25. Hayden Denesha, associate conductor of the Rock Hill…

Bills

One of the Buffalo Bills' newest receivers just made his first catch as a Western New Yorker: a $600,000 house that former quarterback AJ McCarron passed off to him. Tyler Kroft, a tight end who last month signed a three-year, $18.75 million contract to play for Buffalo, bought a four-bedroom home in Orchard Park with his wife, Alexa, from McCarron and his fashion model…

Bisons and Baseball

For the Buffalo Bisons, Thursday's home opener against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre was a chronological milestone, even if the meaning was hardly on a lot of people's minds. Still, Glen and Patricia Albig and their fellow officers with the Bisons Booster Club, many around to watch the team almost since the beginning, understood the essence of this anniversary. Until 40 years a…

Education

The state Education Department has rejected a mother's claim to a religious exemption that would allow her to send her two teenage daughters to Orchard Park Central Schools without having received all required childhood vaccines. State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia dismissed Marina Williams' appeal, saying she failed to show that the school district's decision t…

Erie County

Leaders of American Legion Post 567 are hoping to sell their historic building in Orchard Park because of the dwindling number of veterans active in the post. Dropping participation in post meetings and events is one of the main reasons why the property at 3740 North Buffalo St. is being put on the market, the commander of American Legion Post 567 told The Buffalo News …

Local News

Orchard Park has had its share of major developments, from shopping centers and medical parks to an NFL stadium. But the one town officials are looking at now from Ellicott Development is unusual, even by those standards. The proposal being considered on open land in the town but a short distance from the heart of the Village of Orchard Park would include the town's …