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United Refining moves to block Amherst’s takeover of ‘zombie’ gas station

United Refining is trying to block Amherst’s efforts to take over a former gas station property through eminent domain.

The company filed its objection with the state Appellate Division Fourth Department, which will hear the case in January, said Town Attorney Stanley Sliwa.

Town officials have grown frustrated over the state of the vacant, “zombie” property at 159 Niagara Falls Blvd.

They want to turn the property, and an adjoining parcel recently purchased by the town, into a gateway park. The town has engaged in negotiations with United Refining, which has cleaned up other properties it owns in Erie County.

But those talks have lagged and the town continues to pursue a takeover. Amherst held a public hearing in June and published its determination and findings in August.

The contested parcel of land at 159 Niagara Falls Blvd. in Amherst. (John Hickey/News file photo)

The contested parcel of land at 159 Niagara Falls Blvd. in Amherst. (John Hickey/News file photo)

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