One quarter of Town Gown Steering Committee
The UMass Amherst Town Gown Steering Committee met for the third time yesterday at the UMass Police Station and they are now about 90% done with a Request For Proposals to hire a consultant to help guide growth between the two main Superpowers in our little college town.
Well, except for Amherst College.
2nd table of members Town Gown Steering Committee
Last meeting the friction played out around public safety and how it should be a major concern with any future growth and development, be it economic or housing. This meeting the bone of contention was how to deal with the issue of neighborhoods directly abutting UMass such as Fearing Street, Lincoln Avenue and North Pleasant Streets.
3rd table Town Gown Steering Committee
Most of the Committee wanted the consultant to focus on a broader interpretation of how to maintain safe and healthy neighborhoods. Since the concern is town wide and not just the immediate adjacent streets.
David Webber pointed out he lives in North Amherst where the problem with rowdy students is just as bad as those immediately south of the campus.
The committee will meet once more next week to finalize the RFP, but then will continue to meet afterwards to help focus community discussion on the results of the $60,000 study.
And in Amherst, there's never a shortage of community discussion.