Amherst Board Approves Hotel

March 21, 2013 Updated Mar 22, 2013 at 8:22 AM EDT

By John Borsa
By Jaclyn Asztalos

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March 21, 2013 Updated Mar 22, 2013 at 8:22 AM EDT

Amherst, N.Y. (WBKW) - The Amherst planning board approved the site plan for the multi-million dollar hotel at a meeting, Thursday night.

At that meeting, residents continued to fight against the hotel, which Iskalo Development plans to build along the I-290 and Main Street interchange.

Town officials said the land is zoned for this type of commercial development. Residents disagree with town officials about where those commercial property lines are located. Residents claim the site is too close to a pond owned by community members. They said it would take away their privacy and unique beauty of the nature surrounding the area.

"We're not opposed to development. We're just opposed to development that's out of place and out of character for our neighborhood," resident Karen Butler said.

Iskalo Development Executive Vice President David Chiazza said he understands the concerns but said the hotel will help the area in the long run.

"We just disagree with residents in terms of scale and other types of things. They're viewing it from their perspective. We get that. But we have to look at it from a much broader perspective. We're looking at the fact that it's on a highway interchange."

The planning board approved the site plan with a vote of five to two. Now, they have to approve the permit. The IDA will vote on the project, Friday. Construction is then set to begin.

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