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Amherst Town Board OKs rezoning for senior apartment building

Senior apartments are being planned for three acres on Meyer Road, near Niagara Falls Boulevard in Amherst.

The four-story, 101-unit apartment building would be constructed at 70, 74, and 80 Meyer Road, between Niagara Falls Boulevard and North Bailey Avenue.

The Amherst Town Board paved the way for the project on Monday by rezoning the parcels to multi-family residential from general business.

Plans filed with the town Planning Department show a driveway near the west property line to access 102 parking spaces. A retention basin is proposed for the southeast portion of the property, between the building and the road.

The project has been in the pipeline for months, as the developer RAS Construction, owned by Robert A. Savarino, has been working to address concerns of residents in the Boulevard Towers apartments located just to the east, explained Sean W. Hopkins, attorney for the developer.

The developer also has been trying to acquire the parcel at 60 Meyer for the project, but was not able to strike a deal.

The project still needs some approvals from the town, including site plan approval, but the developer hopes to start construction this year, Hopkins said.

In other business on Monday, the Town Board went on record against the proposed closing of the Social Security office in Amherst, but declined to get involved in the controversy over the proposed closing of Heritage Heights Elementary School on Sweet Home Road.

The Sweet Home Central School District is recommending that Heritage Heights Elementary School be closed due to declining enrollment.

“Most of us don’t believe the Town Board should be meddling in the affairs of an independently elected school board,” said Supervisor Barry A. Weinstein.

“If we’re going to go on record opposed to things, Heritage Heights Elementary is just as important as the closing of the Social Security office,” Councilmember Mark A. Manna said.