Tenants will first start moving in July 1 with complete occupancy by first snow
Tents protected about 75 spectators from the drizzle
Federal, state, and local officials converged on a housing construction site near UMass to celebrate the impending occupancy of Olympia Oaks, an affordable 42 unit housing project that has been dreamed about for decades.
And while the weather was a tad dreary this morning, the celebrants were far from it.
Rep Jim McGovern (left) HAP Housing CEO Peter Gagliardi (right)
John Musante could not be present, as his mother just passed away. But Dave Ziomek quoted a recent conversation he had with the Town Manager: "It's not about the number of units. It's about people; it's about family; it's about community."
The Assistant Town Manager closed with, "We welcome Olympia Oaks to the community of Amherst."
Assistant Town Manager Dave Ziomek: "Amazing site, amazing location." Also mentioned the birds and frogs he spotted or could hear on site
Representative Ellen Story wants to bring her 8-year-old granddaughter here to play someday