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Work can begin soon on $15.5 million hotel in Amherst

Work can now proceed on a $15.5 million Hampton by Hilton hotel planned for Amherst's Northtown Center.

The town's Planning Board Thursday approved the project's site plan and found it would not harm the environment.

The Planning Board tabled its review last month to give Uniland Development Co. time to submit a revised site plan. The project had received a mixed reaction at a March public hearing, with proponents touting benefits for visitors and critics saying Amherst already has too many hotels.

Final approval on hold for hotel at Amherst's Northtown Center

Uniland plans to build a 105-room, four-story hotel on a 3-acre site at 1615 Amherst Manor Drive, at the ice rink complex off Millersport Highway. Uniland would own the hotel and make lease payments to the town.

The Town Board already rezoned the hotel site. Work could start later this spring.

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