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Housing for 1,800 students at Muir Woods clears hurdle in Amherst

A major Texas-based developer of student housing won permission from the Amherst Town Board to construct town houses and cottage-style apartments for nearly 1,800 students on a portion of the Muir Woods property in Getzville.

Aspen Heights Partners of Austin would build on a 42-acre parcel at 1081 and 1121 North French Road, just north of where John James Audubon Parkway meets the Lockport Expressway, that is zoned for student housing.

The developer needed to amend a 2015 findings statement because it proposes changing the property's use from the previously approved commercial and retail development. The Town Board on Monday agreed to the change, determining the student housing would not harm the environment.

Aspen Heights would build 515 student-housing units, along with space for recreational activities and other amenities, in two phases.

Aspen Heights still must get site plan approval and close on its property purchase from Ciminelli Real Estate Corp., said Sean Hopkins, the developer's attorney, and eyes an initial fall 2021 opening.

Housing for 1,800 students eyed for Amherst's massive Muir Woods site

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