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Controversial student housing plan gets second look from Amherst Town Board

The Amherst Town Board next week will reconsider a student housing complex that the board rejected last year – even as it appeals the judge's decision that required this second look at the $50 million project.

The board on May 16 could vote to lift the deed restrictions and issue the special use permit that would allow Core Campus to build the 154-unit, four-story building on 6.4 acres on North Forest Road near Bryant Woods South.

The Town Board in July voted down the project, after tenants of the nearby Bryant Woods Office Park objected. Core Campus sued the town in August, and State Supreme Court Justice Donna M. Siwek in March ruled in the developer's favor.

The town last week appealed that decision and is in talks with the developer to address concerns about traffic safety and tenant behavior.

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