5 East Pleasant Street, Amherst
Yet another long-time business is abandoning ship over the upheaval caused by the pending $4.6 million sale of the Carriage Shops: the law offices of Seewald, Jankowski & Spencer, P.C.
After 30 years of practicing law in their quaint, brick building -- that fronts the main drag through Amherst town center -- they will be relocating (in January) to University Drive near Amherst Brewing Company, another business who fled town center three years ago.
Amherst Carriage Shops: On Death Row
The stand alone building is still part of the Carriage Shops, purchased from original developers Johnson & Gates as a business condo back in 1985 by Robert Ritchie former Amherst Town Counsel.
Jerry Gates still owns 60% of the complex and has to convince 15% of the other condo owners to accept the $4.6 million offer from Archipelago Investments, LLC. That local developer already built Boltwood Place, a five story mixed-use building in town center and recently broke ground on another, Kendrick Place, just a couple hundred yards north of the Carriage Shops.
Meanwhile, in addition to the uncertainty caused by the pending sale, the surrounding area is said to be "going downhill". According to Amherst Police records the calls for service to the next door Cousin's Market have more than doubled since they acquired a "All alcoholic Off-Premise Liquor License" back in May of 2011.
Cousin's Market and The Mercantile, adjacent to Carriage Shops
Calls for APD service to Carriage Shops have decreased over the past few years
AFD & APD on scene Carriage Shops 7/21 for possible drug OD by 36-year-old male
Summerlin (11 E Pleasant) and Piper Building (9 E. Pleasant)
Laird Summerlin confirmed the Summerlin Trust has NOT sold the Summerlin or Piper buildings, immediately adjacent to the Carriage Shops. Good thing.
Hate to see the Amherst Bulletin/Daily Hampshire Gazette have to relocate.