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Former critics back Sweet Home Road housing project

It was a scene that some members of the Amherst Planning Board had trouble processing.

Neighbors of a planned development on Sweet Home Road had spent months criticizing the project. But at this month's board meeting, a handful of residents told the board the modifications made by developer Robert A. Savarino to address their concerns had changed their minds about the proposal.

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"I'm not sure how to handle this," board Chairman Robert Gilmour said in amused disbelief.

Savarino of RAS Development reconfigured his earlier plan for an 85-unit, three-story apartment complex at 2360 Sweet Home Road, just north of the Lockport Expressway interchange, into single-story townhomes. He would build 41 units of owner-occupied condominiums on the site.

The Planning Board recommended rezoning a portion of the property from office building to multifamily residential. The Town Board must approve the request. The Planning Board later must approve the project site plan.

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