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Letter: Amherst IDA is right to grant tax breaks for Uniland hotel

In response to the critical letter on July 27 regarding the building of a new hotel adjoining the Northtown rinks in Amherst, there are several facts which need to be known.

The writer referred to the hotel as “sinfully ugly” and being built on “prime park land.” The “prime” land is currently a ditch. The hotel was designed with the expertise of talented University at Buffalo faculty to make it the only hotel in the

which will have the highest certification for being totally adaptive for the handicapped. As a result, USA Hockey has committed to move its entire Paralympic sled hockey training program and many tournaments to Amherst. Conservative estimates are that this will generate many hundreds of thousands of dollars a year in revenue to local businesses.

Paralympic athletes, of course, are not the only people who require adaptive hotel accommodations but most hotels only offer a small number of such rooms making it impossible for many disabled people, especially those traveling in larger groups, to be lodged.

What was “sinfully ugly” about the writer’s letter was the salacious reference to equating this project with the Buffalo Billions alleged dishonesty and fraud. The Amherst IDA is supporting, according to its mandate, continuing to make Amherst a wonderfully inclusive place for all people.

Arlene Burrrows


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