Amherst will try to use eminent domain to take over a former gas station property in Eggertsville that town officials for two decades have blasted as an unwelcome eyesore.
The Town Board on Wednesday agreed to start eminent domain proceedings for the former Red Apple gas station at Kenmore Avenue and Niagara Falls Boulevard owned by United Refining Co. The board also approved the town's purchase of a neighboring property on Kenmore Avenue for $193,950.
The resolutions decry the "deteriorating and blighted condition" of both properties and show the town would convert the combined parcel into a gateway park.
Amherst officials say the Niagara Falls Boulevard site is particularly troublesome because it sits at the border of Amherst, the Town of Tonawanda and the City of Buffalo, a gateway property passed by tens of thousands of motorists every day.