Amherst Weighs Using Eminent Domain to Take ‘blighted’ Former Gas Station Site

May 14, 2018
One of five former gas station properties owned by United Refining Co., a former Red Apple once at at 159 Niagara Falls Blvd., in Amherst. Town officials are considering taking over the property through eminent domain. (John Hickey/Buffalo News)
One of five former gas station properties owned by United Refining Co., a former Red Apple once at at 159 Niagara Falls Blvd., in Amherst. Town officials are considering taking over the property through eminent domain.

Amherst may try to use eminent domain to take over a former gas station property in Eggertsville that town officials for two decades have blasted as an unwelcome eyesore.

A resolution on the agenda for Wednesday’s Town Board meeting would start eminent domain proceedings for the former Red Apple gas station at Kenmore Avenue and Niagara Falls Boulevard owned by United Refining Co.

Municipalities have stirred up controversy when they’ve attempted to use the eminent domain process to acquire property, and the matter can end up in court.

A second resolution would approve the town’s purchase of a neighboring property on Kenmore Avenue for $193,950.

The resolutions decry the “deteriorating and blighted condition” of both properties and show the town would convert the combined parcel into a gateway park.
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