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Amherst Town Board holding hearing Monday on proposed Northtown Center hotel

The Amherst Town Board is holding a public hearing Monday night on the rezoning change required for an $11 million hotel proposed for the Northtown Center.

The 3-acre parcel at 1615 Amherst Manor Drive, near the University at Buffalo North Campus, would change from recreation conservation to general business zoning to make way for the four-story, 105-room Hampton by Hilton hotel. Uniland Development Co. would build and operate the hotel and make annual payments to the town.

Amherst would lose 3 acres of green space but gain as parkland 26.6 acres between North French and Casey roads.

Amherst Planning Board vote spells trouble for proposed Northtown Center hotel

The Planning Board in August recommended rejecting the rezoning, saying the town already had too many hotels in that area and it should preserve its recreational space.

For that reason, the resolution the Town Board will consider as soon as Monday night is written to reject the rezoning request. If the Town Board wants to approve the rezoning request, the board would have to amend the resolution, said Town Attorney Stanley Sliwa.

A supermajority of four of the five board members, instead of the normal three board members, must approve the rezoning request because a sufficient number of the neighbors on Das Court who oppose the project filed a petition with the town.

The meeting starts at 7 p.m. in the Amherst Municipal Building, 5583 Main St., Williamsville. The board could vote on the rezoning request after the hearing or postpone the vote until a later date.

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