Hamister Group takes on 2 Projects

March 20, 2012 Updated Mar 20, 2012 at 7:11 AM EDT

By WKBW News

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March 20, 2012 Updated Mar 20, 2012 at 7:11 AM EDT

The Hamister Group is taking on multi-million dollar projects in both Buffalo and Niagara Falls. The Hamister Group's first Falls project is a hefty one at $22.4 million. Last month, state and city groups chose The Hamister Group to develop a vacant parcel at Rainbow Boulevard and Old Falls Street. A report in this week's Business First takes a closer look at the project. It calls for a nationally branded hotel, possibly Marriott or Hilton, with 24 apartments and a restaurant/retail operation. Construction could start next spring.

In Buffalo, Hamister Group is looking to move its headquarters to the Tischman Building near Lafayette Square and bring a Hilton Garden Inn. The Buffalo Planning Board is slated to get an overview of that $40 million project on March 27.

Imagine sending your car to the grocery store, where workers load the car, and it drives itself home. A report in this week's Business First says the technology is out there. Researchers at Calspan Corporation say autonomous vehicles will be a reality in the near future. Calspan's role will be to test their safety. Calspan employs about 200 people. The report says $1 billion from New York State will help Calspan create a Transportation Safety Campus.

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