Marsh House lawn 81 Lessey Street.
Amherst College, the town's largest property owner and #1 taxpayer, is on a building boom, with current projects underway in the downtown -- the Fiber Art Building rehab -- and the massive overhaul at Pratt Field.
Fiber Arts Building heart of downtown
After the $19 million setback with the Science Center it must be nice to have a construction project go quickly and easily.
Like this sidewalk renovation that bisects a lush green lawn that flows down a steep hill, practically all the way to Sweetser Park.
According to Facilities Director Jim Brassord: "The sidewalk was in serious disrepair so we are replacing it. In doing so, we'll make it a bit wider, perhaps a foot, to ensure that it is consistent with the width of our standard sized sidewalk plow."
Marsh House built 1835
The property is bounded to the south by the Dickinson Homestead and The Evergreens, built for Austin Dickinson, Miss Emily's brother. Both also owned by Amherst College; and all of these properties are pretty much located dead center in the new Dickinson Local Historic District.
Since driveways, terraces and sidewalks are excluded as long as "any such structure is substantially at grade level," Amherst College did not have to seek a "Certificate of Appropriateness" from the DLHD committee.
The entire project was completed within a week, despite the tropical temperatures. Ah, if only all of them went so well. Now that would be historic!