Tax Breaks for Student Town Houses in Eggertsville Draw Criticism

May 21, 2019

A town house apartment project is proposed for this former Pizza Hut site in Eggertsville. (Google)
A town house apartment project is proposed for this former Pizza Hut site in Eggertsville.

A $4.2 million plan to construct town house-style apartments on a “blighted” former restaurant property in Eggertsville will receive $476,000 in tax breaks that were approved by the Amherst Industrial Development Agency board over the objections of a former director.

A development group that includes architect David Sutton proposes constructing a 2 1/2-story, nine-unit town house building at 3980 Bailey Ave., at Grover Cleveland Highway, the site of a Pizza Hut that closed in 2008. The apartments, mainly three and four bedrooms, are meant to appeal to University at Buffalo students and faculty, Sutton said.

The Erie County IDA and other local IDAs typically don’t provide tax incentives for market-rate housing. But Amherst IDA officials said this project merits the subsidies because it is an adaptive reuse of a long-vacant property in an area eyed for revival by the Town of Amherst.
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One Response to “Tax Breaks for Student Town Houses in Eggertsville Draw Criticism”

  1. Walt says:

    “Suttonville” has officially expanded from the Village to Eggertsville. How much influence did the
    Supervisor impose on the IDA to provide tax abatements for this project (I hope none).