Pine Street, North Amherst center
The town seems to have hit a dry spell acquiring Other People's Money for expensive infrastructure improvements.
First it was Community Development Block Grant funds from the federal government, a cool million no longer coming our way; and now the state has passed over a $4 million MassWorks Project proposal to upgrade North Amherst's Pine Street roadway, including water/sewer and sidewalks.
"Economic development" is one of the main criteria for MassWorks approval. Last spring, fearing more student party houses, Amherst Town Meeting vetoed the smart growth rezoning proposal for North Amherst. Only months later, the town applied for the ill fated MassWorks construction grant.
Now just another concrete casualty of rowdy student behavior.