They Paved the Brownfield, Put up a Parking Lot

20 Jun

The Amherst Town Board has voted 5-2 to approve Benderson’s plan for a lifestyle center-type mixed-use development on the former site of the Amherst gun club on Maple near UB North. This project has been the subject of a NIMBY lawsuit which will hopefully be resolved shortly.

The lifestyle center will have offices, residential, hotel, and retail on 275,000 square feet near Millersport, the I-290, and UB North. These types of developments are popular throughout the country and the closest thing to it we have here is a couple of restaurants and shops at the Walden Galleria that you can access from an exterior sidewalk.

While I’m sure the urbanists are as aghast as the NIMBY folks, malls and plazas are Western New York’s main streets. At least with a lifestyle center, you get them outdoors and walking, rather than driving from the BJs on one end of the plaza to the Wal*Mart at the other end.

So yes, I believe that the replacement of a leaden brownfield that used to be a shooting club with an upscale mixed-use development is a great idea.

And while I’m on the subject of NIMBYism, let me bring up one point with regards to the proposed Wegmans in Clarence near Roll on Transit.

If the parcel fronting Transit is zoned “major arterial” but too small to actually accommodate a major arterial project like a Wegmans supermarket, then it makes sense to change the Master Plan from time to time in order to make necessary accommodations. Like I said before, you don’t move into a house from which you can see Transit Road and then complain that Transit Road is going to have big projects on it.

In other words, build them both.

3 Responses to “They Paved the Brownfield, Put up a Parking Lot”

  1. Andrew Kulyk June 20, 2009 at 12:24 pm #

    Ditto.. aLoft Hotel across the street from BNIA… A half dozen homeowners on Surfside Pkwy in Cheektowaga.. HALF A MILE away from Genesee Street and separated by fields and an abandoned rail right of way, carried on like an eight story hotel would be the beginning of the apocalypse. The pussies on the Town Board capitulated and cut the size down to 6 stories.

    Starwood web site lists this property to open in mid 2011… no shovels in ground as of yet.

  2. Adam K. June 20, 2009 at 3:37 pm #

    To follow up Andrew, Surfside Pkwy backs up to a railroad and deadends onto this. My friends used to live on Sable Palm, to get to Genesee from that area you need to make your way from your street onto Crandon, turn onto Homeworth, turn Right onto Barone Circle, Turn Right onto Dick, and then turn right onto Genesee.

    It’s almost 2 miles.

    I’m with BP. If you live at a major intersection, you don’t get to complain when it acts like a major intersection.

    Now if you bought a home on Wehrle between Garrison and Transit in 1985, when it was a forest, maybe you can complain.

  3. Eric P. June 21, 2009 at 10:05 am #

    Maybe we can get Maple Road paved in the process.

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