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Amherst residents get 2nd chance to block day care

Critics of a day care center eyed for a heavily trafficked corner in Amherst are getting another chance to block the project, two weeks after it won the blessing of town planners.

The Town Board  this week took the unusual step of directing the Planning Board to reconsider their decision to approve EduKids' plan to build a $2.5 million day care center at 6286 Main St.

EduKids' developer would construct a single-story, 10,600-square-foot building along the private Stonham Way road that leads into Marrano/Marc Equity’s Greythorne patio home subdivision, the town's only gated community. EduKids plans to move to that site its day care at 235 College Parkway that hosts 22 employees and 100 customers.

Some Greythorne residents said they didn't have enough advance notice about the Oct. 19 Planning Board meeting to raise their concerns about the project's impact on traffic.

The Planning Board approved the project site plan but directed the town's Planning Department to find out if a traffic signal is required at the busy intersection.

Monday, a few Greythorne residents convinced Town Board members that their concerns were not fully addressed by the Planning Board.

Planning Board Chairman Robert Gilmour said the project was properly advertised ahead of time, but he will talk to the town's planning director, Eric Gillert, about the next steps the Planning Board can take.

Town Attorney Stanley Sliwa said the Planning Board could do nothing further or it can reject the project's site plan, as long as it does so at its Nov. 30 meeting.

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