36 Longmeadow Drive, Amherst
The house at 36 Longmeadow Drive, built back in 1970, has been demolished and crews are busy going about the construction of a new five bedroom house owned by CIL Realty using $232,000 federal tax subsidized monies to purchase the property and another $445,000 to build a new home.
Interestingly CIL put out a press release almost two years ago touting the $12 million MassDevelopment tax exempt bond issue to fund the acquisition of thirteen properties in eleven municipalities for the construction of community based group homes for the disabled. What's interesting is Amherst was not on the list.
Of course after the forever battle over Butternut Farm low income project only two doors down from the proposed group home, I can't say that I blame them for keeping things quiet.
According to Building Commissioner Rob Morra the construction project is pretty much immune from local zoning law due to the the "Dover Amendment". So, for instance, the home will be allowed to house five unrelated occupants in violation of the towns usual cap of four.
And because 36 Longmeadow Drive is now owned by a non-profit, tax exempt entity, the property could go off the tax rolls.
Butternut Farm, 12 Longmeadow Drive, Amherst