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An attempt by an Amherst council member to place a temporary halt to all six-story building construction in Amherst was soundly defeated, but not before some heated debate and audience participation on the topic at Monday night's board meeting.Council Member Mark Manna put forth a resolution calling for the town to place a moratorium on the approval of any projects greater…

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Amherst is in the midst of a hotel boom after nearly a decade of relative dormancy in the hospitality market – and not everybody is happy about it.Three hotels are currently under construction or working toward site-plan approval. And Supervisor Barry Weinstein is asking the Town Board today to seek proposals for another new hotel or two at the site of the Northtown Cent…

The battle between a developer and high-end homeowners over a proposed six-story Hyatt Place hotel raged on Tuesday, this time before the town Zoning Board of Appeals.About 200 residents, wearing red, packed Amherst Council Chambers, as people came forward to again criticize the proposed height and the appropriateness of a major hotel located close to a residential neighbo…

The Amherst Industrial Development Agency on Friday approved nearly $2 million in tax breaks for Iskalo Development Co.'s renovation of the Lord Amherst Hotel and Sonoma Grille restaurant, despite vocal opposition from Snyder residents who object to plans for a larger Hyatt Place on the same property.A crowd of nearly two dozen people attended the morning meeting, with six…

A group of Amherst residents opposed to the potential construction of a six-story hotel near the site of the present two-story Lord Amherst Motel on Main Street in Snyder began a petition drive Thursday aimed at derailing the project before it is officially proposed.“We don’t know what may be proposed,” Town Planning Director Eric W. Gillert and his assistant, Gary B…

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Controversial plans for a six-story chain hotel behind the landmark Lord Amherst Hotel on Main Street have taken another step forward with Iskalo Development’s announcement that the new hotel will be branded a Hyatt Place hotel, the first of its brand in the region. The hotel would face the high-profile I-290/Main Street interchange.“Hyatt is certainly a very strong, …

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Most people who know Chaquiel Nettles recognize him as a standout high school athlete, an asset on the basketball court and one of the best high school football players in the region. And some may have heard that he is the younger brother of an outstanding wide receiver at Sweet Home who was once recruited for Division I football. But few know that the 18-year-old se…

Iskalo Development Co. believes the Lord Amherst Hotel in Snyder has a chance to make a comeback.The developer plans to invest about $500,000 in the Main Street property. If the hotel's results improve, a more extensive makeover of the property could follow."We think it has some life left in it," said David Chiazza, executive vice president of Iskalo Development. "…

Iskalo Development Co., one of the biggest developers in the Williamsville area, has agreed to buy the Lord Amherst Hotel in nearby Snyder, snapping up one of the area's landmark properties.Neither the developer nor the current owners, the Genrich family, would give the purchase price for the deal, which is not expected to close until next month. The Williamsville-…