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Amherst Zoning Board of Appeals Approves Use Variance for Senior Housing

AMHERST, N.Y. -- A senior housing development in Amherst got the use variance the developer was asking for Tuesday night more than two years after it was first proposed.

Plans for the lot of land at 1055 Youngs Road were first presented to the town in 2013 and were revamped earlier this year.

Tuesday, the Amherst Zoning Board of Appeals decided to unanimously grant Redtek Development the zoning variance for a two-story 51 unit senior housing complex.

"There was a time in 2015 where the town board changed the types of uses that are allowed in community facility zoning and took away the right to have senior citizens apartment complexes, so the developer has come in and asked us to provide a use variance to allow them to have a senior citizens facility there even though the town board has changed the uses allowed under the zoning," said Zoning Board of Appeals Chairman Matthew Plunkett.

Public Hearing Planned for Westwood Country Club Proposal

AMHERST, N.Y. -- The public will have a chance to weigh-in on a proposed mixed-use development at the former Westwood Country Club in Amherst. The town board approved the draft environmental impact statement Monday night at a special meeting which clears the way for public hearings to take place.

This comes a year-and-a-half after a re-zoning application was turned in by Mensch Capital Partners for the site.

Monday, some people voiced concerns about traffic if the development ultimately gets approved.

But one town councilman saw no reason to hold off on public hearings.

"No other developer has been made to submit four draft environmental impact statements, so we're holding this to a high level of scrutiny. We have to accept it. We are duty bound by law to accept it because we found no deficiencies," said Councilman Mark Manna.

Three-car accident closes Millersport Highway

AMHERST, NY - A collision involving three cars on Millersport Highway sent one woman to Erie County Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries but, remarkably, it appears no one else was hurt.

Amherst Police say a southbound car driven by a 26-year-old Grand Island woman collided with another southbound vehicle and then bounced into an oncoming northbound car.

The driver of the first car was taken to ECMC for treatment.

The accident happened during rush hour, at about 5:30 p.m. Thursday. The road was closed for several hours as investigators worked the scene. There's no word on any charges being filed at this time.

Amherst Senior Citizens Foundation Spirit of Giving is Year Round!

Amherst Senior Citizens Foundation Spirit of Giving is Year Round!

The Amherst Senior Citizens Foundation (ASCF) is in the spirit of giving year-round by continuously showing their commitment to promoting the welfare of senior citizens in the Town of Amherst.

The ASCF has donated $10,000 towards the purchase of a new 16 passenger bus for Amherst Senior Transportation services and helped garner a $3,000 donation from the Williamsville Rotary Club and $2,000 from the Chur Family Foundation plus $16,000 in grants
towards the purchase of the bus which will be used primarily to transport seniors to medical appointments. ASTS will contribute an additional $8,000 to make the bus purchase possible and it will be delivered in early January.

Catholic Charities, Partners Embark on Caregiver Initiative Designed to Cover Seven Counties

Catholic Charities, Partners Embark on Caregiver Initiative Designed to Cover Seven Counties

Catholic Charities of Buffalo and its eight partners are mobilizing for a January 1 start for the comprehensive Alzheimer’s Disease Caregiver Support Initiative, the result of a $7.5 million award announced recently by New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo.

Through the five-year grant, a focused, collaborative service network is being developed to support and impact caregivers of loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia across seven counties in Western New York.  The goal is to expand the safety net for caregivers by recognizing and addressing the need for supports and stress reduction strategies.

Lifetime Health Care Ending for Elected Amherst Officials

AMHERST, N.Y. – Amherst taxpayers will no longer be paying for lifetime health care benefits for elected officials.

The town board unanimously approved a measure Monday night ending the practice of paying for health care for the town supervisor, town clerk and highway superintendent after they leave office.

A similar resolution failed in 2014 when the town board voted 3-2 to have a committee study the issue. That committee has yet to reveal its findings, so councilmember Mark Manna pushed for Monday night's vote.

"The health care that elected officials receive is not cheap. They usually get the Cadillac plan, and it's usually between ten to $15,000 a year for those three positions," said Manna. "Going forward it could easily save 40 to $50,000 per year, even more."

This applies to any town supervisor, clerk or highway superintendent elected or re-elected after January 1, 2016.

The Land Conservancy Protects Their Largest Property to Date in Niagara County: The Coulter Farm

The Land Conservancy Protects Their Largest Property to Date in Niagara County: The Coulter Farm

America loses 50 acres of farmland to development every hour. David Coulter did not want his family’s farm in Cambria and Wilson to become a part of that startling statistic. 

Since 1889, four generations of the Coulter family have worked on and loved this land, growing strawberries, sweet corn, tomatoes, sweet cherries, peaches, melons and more. 

Dave’s father, Jim Coulter, ran the farm from 1978 until he passed away in 2009. Jim was a beloved farmer and businessman in Niagara County.