Amherst paid $55,000 to settle a lawsuit that accused the town of overcharging Zaepfel Development for building permit fees by overvaluing an office complex on Wehrle Drive, according to a document provided in response to a Freedom of Information Law request.
The Town Board voted May 8 to approve a settlement to the lawsuit that Zaepfel filed two years ago in State Supreme Court. But large sections of the agreement released to the public were redacted, including the amount of the town's payment to Zaepfel.
The Buffalo News filed a FOIL request for an unredacted version of the agreement, which Town Attorney Stanley Sliwa provided on Monday.
Zaepfel's suit argued the building at 1760 Wehrle was worth $11 million, not $18 million. The town charged $193,800 in building permit fees, while Zaepfel argued $130,500 is fair, leaving the sides $63,300 apart.