Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Gateway Project creeps forward

So tonight's Amherst Redevelopment Authority meeting was pretty much the same old, same old. Although tonight we had all five ARA members present--including Governor appointed Jeanne Treaster--and only five NIMBY concerned citizens, where usually there are a dozen or more.

And tonight we had four representatives from Umass our major partner in this project: Vice Chancellor Todd Diacon, Nancy Buffone,Executive Director, Office of External Relations--both of whom have been regulars for the past three months or so (gluttons for punishment that they are.)

Also joining the festivities this evening a couple of new folks: Dennis Swinford, director for campus planning and Lisa Queenin, Director of Community and Regional Legislative Relations. What a way to break them in.

But at least we know Umass is plenty serious about this development project, as are we.


Anonymous said...

There must be a place in local government for a quality person like Jeanne Treaster.

Those NIMBYs know that there's really only one place where they need to be: Amherst Middle School Auditorium every May and November.

Anonymous said...

The Gateway Project is a great project. It is part of UMass's commitment to linking the campus more closely with the downtown.

Ed said...

I thought the problem was that the campus *was* linked to the downtown and that the frats thus were problematic. Although has anyone noticed how many *more* problems the APD has had now that it is house parties and not frat parties???

drunkasaskunk said...

fraternities= fema camps for drunkards

Anonymous said...

To: Anon. October 27, 2010 11:17 PM

I couldn't agree more!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Is Traester a regular no-show at ARA meetings?