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One approval may not be enough for proposed day care center in Amherst

The Amherst Town Board and Planning Board are in a standoff over a day care center proposed for a heavily trafficked corner of the town, and it's not clear what the Planning Board will do when it meets at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

The Planning Board on Oct. 19 approved EduKids’ plan to build a $2.5 million center at 6286 Main St., at Stonham Way. Residents of the nearby Greythorne gated community objected, citing increased traffic and a lack of notice about the project. In response, the Town Board twice this month took the unusual step of asking the Planning Board to reconsider its approval.

Amherst residents get 2nd chance to block day care

Chairman Robert Gilmour said the Planning Board appropriately reviewed the project and he hasn't received any legal direction on how the board can overturn its approval.

EduKids attorney Sean Hopkins said he's also not aware of anything that would allow the Planning Board to reconsider its previous vote.

But Town Attorney Stanley Sliwa has said the Planning Board does have the authority to reconsider the project.

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