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HISTORIC STATUS UPHELD FOR AMHERST GATEHOUSE

An appeals court in Rochester has upheld Amherst's decision that grants historic status to the gatehouse at the former Hedstrom Estate at Main Street and Getzville Road.

In a unanimous decision, the Appellate Division of State Supreme Court upheld a 2002 ruling by State Supreme Court Justice David J. Mahoney that supports the town's historic designation for the property.

Developers contended that the board's action reduced the value of the property by $200,000.

The property owner, Snyder Development, had argued that the Amherst Town Board overstepped its authority when it voted to designate as historic the entire 1.6-acre site.

Gabriel J. Ferber, attorney for Snyder, said Tuesday, "We are particularly disappointed that the Town Board has virtually turned this property into a town park without compensation."

During a meeting in early 2002, the board ignored recommendations to limit the designation and voted instead to preserve the entire site, including a wooded area, after many Snyder residents spoke in favor of maintaining the green space.