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Surgeon-turned-developer gains key approval for upscale East Amherst apartments

A transplant surgeon who is quietly becoming a major developer in the Buffalo area has received the final approvals he needs to build an upscale apartment complex on Transit Road in East Amherst.

The Amherst Planning Board last week approved the site plan application for Dr. Fadi Dagher's Creek View Luxury Apartments and determined the $4 million project would not harm the environment.

However, Dagher and his engineers and architects will have to address a number of conditions imposed by the board before he can begin work on the 18-unit complex at 9150 Transit Road, next to Grover's Bar & Grill and just north of the Transit Valley Country Club.

The conditions include, according to Ellen M. Kost, an associate planner for the town: an easement so that the town can maintain and, when necessary, clear out Got Creek, which crosses the property and is prone to flooding; a fence along the south property line; a deed restriction that limits development on the site to 18 apartment units, two stories and 35 feet in height; and the developer's agreement to build a sidewalk down the driveway that connects to the sidewalk along Transit Road.

Dagher plans to put up a two-story, multifamily building, primarily filled with two-bedroom units ranging from 900 square feet to 1,400 square feet. The Amherst Town Board already agreed to rezone 1.37 acres of the 1.96-acre site and approved several variances to make way for the project. Dagher's Cedarland Development Group also is building an eight-unit parking garage, parking lot, landscaping and a driveway connection to Transit Road.

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