Produce Market That Straddles Williamsville-Amherst Border is in a Pickle

July 10, 2018
Michael Pope of George’s Produce Market at his stand on Monday, July 9, 2018. (Mark Mulville/Buffalo News)
Michael Pope of George’s Produce Market at his stand on Monday, July 9, 2018. 

When Michael Pope sells his sweet corn, zucchini and cherries in Williamsville, everything is fine.

But when Pope tries to sell produce on the Amherst side of his land, he’s breaking the law.

Pope said he had no idea – not when he bought the two adjoining parcels at Wehrle and Aero drives last year, nor when he reopened George’s Produce Market at its new location this year – that zoning was an issue until the town warned him in late spring. Amherst officials later threatened him with closure.

Now Pope has moved to the Williamsville side of the property and he’s hired an attorney to help him get temporary permission from the town to operate again on the small portion in Amherst.

“It’s ridiculous,” Pope said in an interview Monday. “It’s just a nice thing for the community.”
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