Local developer fined for work on federally protected wetlands

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — A local developer that has worked for the federal government in the past will now have to pay up for violating a judge’s orders.

Acquest Transit, LLC, a company associated with Williamsville-based Acquest Development, LLC, will have to pay a fine of $250,000 to the federal government and serve probation. A case against the developer has been ongoing since 2009, when officials decided a plot of land purchased in Amherst contained federally protected wetlands.

A judge eventually issued an order not to move earth on the property further in 2009. The limited liability corporation was convicted of violating that order in 2010 when a farmer used machines to improve the land on the group’s behalf.

Acquest has previously been involved with a host of local projects, including the most recent development of the largest Sonic Drive-In in the nation, constructed in Cheektowaga.

 

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