Amherst hotel ready for opening

AMHERST, N.Y (WIVB)- The Hyatt Place Buffalo/Amherst Hotel is scheduled to open its doors for the first time on Tuesday, but not all of it’s new neighbors are throwing out the welcome mat.

“We all along, simply wanted to mitigate the impact on the neighborhood” said Ray Paolini who heads up a group called  Livingston Parkway Association, which picketed the construction of the new hotel two years ago. “They stated our property values wouldn’t decrease, they stated we wouldn’t see the extra height of the building, well that’s not true but there’s no real mechanism for residents to challenge that or go back and get some rectification on that.”

The Hyatt stands at 5020 Main Street, within sight of NY Interstate-290. Behind it is a scenic pond, and the owners of the six homes on the other side of that pond believe it’s too tall, and it’s ruining their views.

“Every single home on Livingston Parkway that abuts the hotel had their assessments dropped significantly, so there’s proof. We argued that. The development company, Iskalo stated that it would not happen, it did happen.”

David Chiazza, Executive Vice President of Iskalo Development said the project was built in complete compliance with Town of Amherst rules. Chiazza says he has also heard positive feedback from many more residents who feel that the project is nicer than they expected.

Chiazza believes the hotel is a drastic improvement on what he calls the “neglected property” behind the former Sonoma Grill On Main Street.

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