There could be some major changes coming to the Boulevard Mall in Amherst. The troubled mall is expected to go on the auction block this spring.
“Going on the auction block, no longer waiting in limbo is a good thing. I think we have some great developers locally that could take a look at this project,” said AJ Baynes, President and CEO of the Amherst Chamber of Commerce.
Baynes and Amherst Supervisor Brian Kulpa say a mixed use community would be ideal with walkable retail and living space, similar to what developers are doing for the Eastern Hills Mall.
Kulpa told News 4 the town has to adapt to retail changes all along Niagara Falls Boulevard as big box stores such as Toys ‘R’ Us and Payless phase out.
“It’s not going to be like it ever was before, it’s going to be fundamentally different. It’s a place for people to think of more as a true neighborhood and less of an abandoned retail facility,” said Kulpa.
The town says it has received a number of unsolicited offers for the property and talk of a Metro Rail extension could make the site even more attractive to developers.
The auction is expected to take place in April or May.