Eastern Hills Mall Considering Makeover to ‘lifestyle center’

Attracting a younger and more affluent clientele would be a goal of turning the Eastern Hills Mall into a “lifestyle center” that would include stores, restaurants, office space and possibly a hotel, a plan being studied by the mall’s ownership.
Attracting a younger and more affluent clientele would be a goal of turning the Eastern Hills Mall into a “lifestyle center” that would include stores, restaurants, office space and possibly a hotel, a plan being studied by the mall’s ownership. 

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The owners of the Eastern Hills Mall are considering how to transform the sprawling Clarence shopping mall into a “lifestyle center” with a higher-end mix of stores, restaurants, office space and even a hotel, now that town officials plan to incorporate such a zoning class into the zoning code in the next few months.

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Mountain Development Corp. wants to breathe new life into its mall at Transit Road and Main Street by turning it into a more upscale destination that would attract a younger and more affluent clientele. Such a transformation has been successful at other large malls around the country, such as the conversion of a 1970s-era mall into the Crocker Park Lifestyle Center in Cleveland, and officials believe Eastern Hills’ location on the edge of tony Clarence could be ideal.

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The effort is still very early in the process, and details are still sketchy. Lifestyle centers, such as Easton Town Center in Columbus, Ohio, can include a range of retail, residential, hotel, recreation and other uses.
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All things GREEN: Energy, Environment, and Economy


  • WEDNESDAY, June 1, RALLY: Call for 100% Clean Renewable Energy – Good Jobs, Healthy Communities, a Livable Climate and Justice for All! Low fare, chartered bus from Buffalo to the NYS Capitol [LINK]

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Buffalo Philharmonic Performs Throughout Western New York in July

This summer, the Buffalo Philharmonic will perform at 11 of Western New York’s most iconic parks and venues.
The summer season begins with a performance at the Ellicottville Music Festival at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 2, featuring the music of heroes and villains. The orchestra will be in downtown Buffalo the following night for the annual Independence Eve celebration following the Buffalo Bisons – Scranton Wilkes-Barre RailRiders game at 6:05 p.m. The concert will be conducted by Stefan Sanders and includes a spectacular post-concert fireworks display.
Return to Artpark
JoAnn Falletta’s sole appearance on the BPO podium this summer will come on Sunday, July 24, as the orchestra returns to Artpark with an all-Beethoven program.
Celebrating Shakespeare
On Tuesday, July 19, the BPO joins the global commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare with a free concert in Delaware Park. Actors from Shakespeare in the Park join the BPO for an evening of music and scenes from Shakespeare’s works, presented on the newly-renovated Shakespeare in the Park stage. This is a free concert.
Bowie at Canalside
After an extremely well-received performance with the BPO in March, the Jeans n’ Classics band returns to join the BPO on July 28 to perform “The Music of David Bowie” on the Free Thursday Summer Concert Series at Canalside.
Patriotic Flair at Old Fort Niagara
The BPO’s summer season concludes with an outdoor concert at Old Fort Niagara at 8 p.m.Sunday, July 31.
Free concerts in the parks
They will perform at Knox Farm in East Aurora, Tonawanda’s Niawanda Park, Chestnut Ridge Park in Orchard Park, and the Clarence Town Park.
Full BPO Summer schedule
  • Ellicottville Summer Music Festival, Ellicottville, NY: Saturday, July 2 at 8 p.m. (tickets:ellicottvilleny.com or 800-349-9099)
  • Independence Eve with the Bisons, Coca-Cola Field, downtown Buffalo: Sunday, July 3, immediately following the 6:05 p.m. baseball game (tickets: bisons.com or (716) 843-4373)
  • BPO at Knox Farm, East Aurora, NY: Thursday, July 7 at 7 p.m. (rain date: Friday, July 8 at 7 p.m.) (free concert)
  • BPO at Niawanda Park, Tonawanda: Sunday, July 10 at 7 p.m. (free concert)
  • BPO at M&T Bank Plaza, downtown Buffalo: Tuesday, July 12 at 11:45 a.m. (free concert)
  • BPO at Chestnut Ridge Park, Orchard Park: Saturday, July 16 at 7 pm. (free concert)
  • BPO celebrates Shakespeare, Delaware Park, Buffalo: Tuesday, July 19 at 7 p.m. (free concert)
  • BPO at Clarence Town Park, Clarence: Wednesday, July 20 at 7 p.m. (free concert)
  • BPO Fantasy Camp concert, Kleinhans Music Hall: Friday, July 22 at 7 p.m. (open to BPO subscribers and donors only)
  • JoAnn Falletta conducts an afternoon of Beethoven, Artpark: Sunday, July 24 at 3 p.m.(tickets: artpark.net or (716) 754-4375)
  • The Music of David Bowie, Canalside Buffalo: Thursday, July 28. Doors at 5 p.m., BPO takes the stage at approximately 8 p.m. (free concert)
  • BPO at Old Fort Niagara, Youngstown: Sunday, July 31 at 8 p.m. (tickets: bpo.org or (716) 885-5000)

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Important Town of Amherst at the Williamsville Village Hall at 7 pm


This Evening There is an official meeting of the Project Working Committee scheduled for 7 pm this evening (May 25th) at the Williamsville Village Hall (5565 Main St.).

This is actually a sub-committee of the Town of Amherst Planning Board tasked with re-writing portions of the town’s Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Code laws. Curiously, it is never been held in the Town of Amherst Council Chambers, but always in the Williamsville Village Hall. For those interested in what has been produced by this project so far, you will need to follow the link to the website for this project below.


Three documents produced by this project may be of special interest to some Amherst residents.


Be warned, the seating for the public is quite limited, and the 14 members of the committee and 5 or 6 members of the TOA Planning Department that attend this meeting usually outnumber the public by a factor of about 5 to 1.

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White High School Football Players in Idaho Charged With Raping Black, Disabled Teammate With a Coat Hanger

Three white high school football players at Dietrich High School in Idaho have been charged in the October 2015 rape of their black disabled teammate.

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Comment From Concern Citizen On The Way The Planning Department is Run



To be fair the problem is really the inept way the Planning Department and the Planning Board chairman work to prevent the public from learning how town planning decisions are effectively made by the Planning Department. A big part of the problem is the way Dal Guiliani exercises disproportional power over the other Planning Board members.

But I think that may be changing, or I sincerely hope it is. I have seen a glimmer of promise from some of the newer Planning Board members who are beginning to understand they are being badly lead by Gilmour and Guiliani.

Some Planning Board members have been reluctant to speak up when they see things that don’t make sense to them, such as the “old boy” verbal confirmation mechanism (i.e., never put anything in writing mentality of the Planning Department).

My hope is that these other Planning Board members use their independent judgement and personal integrity when dealing with the TOA entrenched power structure asking them to rubber stamp planning decisions.

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Trucks, Tankers and Other Types of Vehicles Are Left Parked Overnight

Village of Williamsville

My personal thought of what spot in the Village of Williamsville is the most unattractive, would be the corner of Main and Garrison, where the Kenyon gas and convenience store once stood.

Almost every day and overnight, tankers, oil trunks, and different types of trunks are left parked there.  The land gives off the feeling of contamination after years of gas and other type of  trunks have been standing there overnight, possibly contaminating the land.

It’s being sitting vacant for about four years without any testing by the village, the DEC or the land owners.

I’m sure they will jump at the chance to check this land for the various types of contamination they might have to deal with as soon as possible.

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Pigeon Associate Kristy Mazurek Eyes Run for Wozniak’s Assembly Seat

Kristy Mazurek, photographed in 2012 on WGRZ set for show “2 Sides,” is expected to run for Angela Wozniak’s Assembly seat. (Sharon Cantillon / Buffalo News)
Kristy Mazurek, photographed in 2012 on WGRZ set for show “2 Sides,” is expected to run for Angela Wozniak’s Assembly seat.


A central figure in the state-federal probe surrounding political operative G. Steven Pigeon is now preparing to run for the Assembly.

Kristy L. Mazurek, a longtime Pigeon associate, has asked for Working Families Party backing and those close to her say she is preparing to mount a Democratic primary candidacy for the 143rd District seat being vacated by Republican Angela M. Wozniak.

Mazurek’s effort begins just as state Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman has empaneled a special grand jury in Buffalo to probe possible crimes stemming from a political committee called the WNY Progressive Caucus that she administered during the 2013 Democratic primary campaign. The fund gave about $267,000 to several anti-organization Democrats favored by Pigeon.

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Buffalo’s Architecture and State’s Tax Credits Help Land Major Motion Picture

“Marshall” producers Jonathan Sanger, left, and Paula Wagner discuss the architecture of Buffalo with Mayor Byron W. Brown on Sunday.
“Marshall” producers Jonathan Sanger, left, and Paula Wagner discuss the architecture of Buffalo with Mayor Byron W. Brown on Sunday.

‘Marshall’ filmmakers heap praise on WNY

Actors Kate Hudson, James Cromwell and Chadwick Boseman bring star power to the movie “Marshall” that begins filming Monday in Buffalo.

But Buffalo’s architecture plays a major supporting role, too.

“We scouted a lot of different cities, but Buffalo has preserved so much fantastic architecture from the turn of the last century,” director Reginald Hudlin said Sunday outside City Hall.

Hudlin joined the movie’s producers and a group of Chinese investors to receive a Buffalo welcome from Mayor Byron W. Brown and other political officials.

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The Planning Board Puts On Comedy Act At The May 19th Meeting


I couldn’t believe the comedy of errors I watched at the May 19th Planning Board meeting. 

This committee was totally lost this day.  Chairman Robert Gilmour didn’t know what direction he was going. He threw out senseless answers left and right.  The Town Attorney assigned to the Planning Board was more of an embarrassment then I imaged.  He referred to many different books to find answers while the Planning Board meeting was in progress.

Mrs. Shapiro waited for the answers which were confusing and rather ridiculous.  Town Attorney Jeff Marion’s efforts to help this Board were valiant but poorly done.

The only person on this Board who made any sense was Mary Schapiro.  She tried very hard to straighten out the confusion.  The other members of the Board insulted and belittled her because she isn’t part of their “Yes” group.  One of the major errors the assistant attorney said was that the Town had adopted Roberts Rules of Order as the Town Rules.  That never happened.

Out the blue the Chairman of this committee called for an executive session.  Mrs. Shapiro asked what the reason was for the session.  She was told it was for “legal matters.”  Mary said, :You can’t do this unless you tell the Board and the audience what the legal matter is.”  The Chairman asked the attorney of they could go to Executive session and he said they could.  He was wrong.  They broke the law.  The attorney gave them false information.

They came back from executive session about 10 minutes later.

There is a video of this meeting on the town’s website if you need a good laugh.

by James Tricoli
Editor of the Amhersttimes

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