332 West Street tobacco barn circa 1916 (now under a one year demolition delay)
Amherst recently received $10,000 in matching funds out of the Survey and Planning Grant Program overseen by the Massachusetts Historical Commission to hire a consultant to map out historic outbuildings (carriage houses, barns, sheds, etc) in the downtown and village centers.
35 Triangle Street, Carriage House built for Leonard Hills
Conversion of single family homes to student rentals could threaten many of these structures sprinkled throughout the town.
According to Community Development Planner Nate Malloy:
"The inventory is not regulatory in nature. If a structure is identified, surveyed, and inventoried, it is not required to be preserved, nor does its presence on the inventory prevent it from being altered or demolished. This is an exercise in documenting what outbuildings are in the community. The intent is to use this inventory to raise awareness of outbuildings and their importance to the cultural heritage and physical character of the community."
98 Spring Street
The money matches $10,000 Amherst Town Meeting already approved from Community Preservation Act funds, bringing the total budget to $20,000. Target goal is 100 structures, and Mr. Malloy is confident the consultant will have no trouble finding that many to inventory.
Owners are encouraged to provide the Town and consultant with any background information about their property and the structure identified under this program.
Lessey Street carriage house
Hawthorne Farm shed