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Rejection of apartment complex in Amherst sparks more legal action

There are now two legal actions stemming from the Amherst Town Board's rejection of a plan to build an apartment complex.

The board on March 20 denied a rezoning request by the Green Organization to construct two buildings of 24 apartment units at 4400 North French Road. The developer then applied to the town's Zoning Board for a use variance -- which was granted.

That decision prompted a lawsuit by the Town Board against the Zoning Board, filed July 14.

The Green Organization on July 20 filed a petition in State Supreme Court asking a judge to annul the Town Board's decision.

The Town Board on Monday agreed to hire the Syracuse firm Hancock Estabrook, which is also representing it in the case against the Zoning Board.

Town Attorney Stanley Sliwa said it's likely the two cases will be consolidated and heard by the same judge.

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