Coming Soon: Commonwealth College 1,500 beds
The Chancellor clearly pointed out that this fall, when Commonwealth College Residential housing goes on line (1,500 beds), UMass/Amherst will be #3 in the nation for housing students on campus.
The relatively recent construction of "North Residential" also added 800 beds.
North Residential housing complex
And when Commonwealth College dorms come on line they, like North Residential, will not pay property taxes, even though both will be protected by the Amherst Fire Department.
This year AFD cost taxpayers just over $4 million to fund yet they spend 23% of their time dealing with UMass.
Graph courtesy Amherst Firefighters Local 1764
Umass is scheduled to grow over a ten year period at only 300 students per year. Had the Gateway Project not been scuttled by noisy NIMBYs that alone would handled a couple of years worth of growth.
And of course The Retreat, a taxpaying student development in northeast Amherst would also absorb a couple of years worth of UMass growth. If it ever gets built.
Or, if provincial Amherst Town Meeting had only approved Form Based Zoning in village centers last year we would already be seeing mixed use buildings going up in North Amherst to greatly stimulate both commercial and residential stock.