New Life for Larkin District

September 27, 2012 Updated Sep 27, 2012 at 7:57 PM EDT

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September 27, 2012 Updated Sep 27, 2012 at 7:57 PM EDT

LARKINVILLE, NY ( WKBW) - The Larkin District is transforming into an up-and-coming neighborhood and now more development is headed to Larkinville. The Swan Lounge in the Larkin District is getting new life. Developer Howard Zemsky is renovating the landmark Swan Lounge into an upscale restaurant and pub. The Buffalo Planning Board unanimously approved expansion plans at the site this week. Business First says it should re-open by next spring.

The Hilton Garden Inn hotel brand has the highest ranking in the "upscale segment" of J.D. Power and Associates. The brand has taken top rankings in nine of the past 11 years, but previous awards were in different categories. There is a Hilton Garden Inn in Cheektowaga. Developer Mark Hamister also plans to bring the brand to the Tishman Building in downtown Buffalo, which is set to undergo revitalization.

Nonprofit HEALTHeLINK is recognizing Lifetime Health Medical Group as patient-centered medical homes and for having high standards. HEALTHeLINK was formed by insurers, physicians and health care providers to improve patient medical records electronically.

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