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Letter: Create a ‘College Town’ on former gun club site

Create a ‘College Town’ on former gun club site

The abandoned Buffalo Gun Club in Amherst is 31 acres assessed at about $3 million. It is owned by a company in Austin, Texas, that is in the business of building student housing. The property is zoned recreation-conservation, which prohibits residential uses, so the stalemated eyesore just sits there.

My vision is to use the property as a “College Town.” Encourage a plaza developer to buy the property with the understanding that the businesses and entertainment will be directed toward college-age people.

There is a half-mile pathway directly to the University at Buffalo with a pedestrian crossing at Millersport Highway. Trails to Ellicott Creek bike path connect here, too.

Within College Town, there should be no hotels or residences, and no vehicles or parking. An NFTA bus on Maple Road should have a stop at College Town with a pedestrian entrance. There is a decrepit sidewalk on the north side of Maple that should be widened to a trail.

University police and fire departments should be in charge at College Town. No cost to Amherst taxpayers. I think we have sufficient talent here to put this all together.

Robert J. Collins