NYC Billionaire’s Offer for ‘zombie’ Property is Too Little, Too Late for Amherst

Nov. 13, 2019

The site at 159 Niagara Falls Blvd., at Kenmore Avenue, has annoyed Amherst officials since a Red Apple gas station and convenience store closed there in the late 1990s. (John Hickey/News file photo)
The site at 159 Niagara Falls Blvd., at Kenmore Avenue, has annoyed Amherst officials since a Red Apple gas station and convenience store closed there in the late 1990s.

John A. Catsimatidis is a billionaire investor and radio talk show host in New York City who owns supermarkets, gas stations, convenience stores, an oil refinery and valuable real estate.

So why does he care so much about a quarter-acre piece of vacant land in Eggertsville? And why has he spent the last 18 months battling the Amherst town government over a parcel worth $81,000?

Catsimatidis says he’s taking a stand on behalf of all property owners.

“Maybe I’m the only one that’s willing to speak up,” he said in a meeting this week with The Buffalo News editorial board.
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One Response to “NYC Billionaire’s Offer for ‘zombie’ Property is Too Little, Too Late for Amherst”

  1. Walt says:

    This has been a thorn in the side of Town Supervisors back to the days of Susan Grelick. The owner has repeatedly been asked to either develop the property or allow the Town to make a use of this property other than a perceived blight to the community. Time to move on, clean up, remove the jersey barriers.

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