North end of town: Red headed bastard stepchild?
Mary Wentworth, who made her name in a losing battle for Congress 30 years ago, complained last night to the Planning Board about the recently announced $1.5 million grant from the state to bury utility lines in the north end of the downtown.
Town Manager Musante extolling the virtues of development to Governor Patrick
She told the board, in speaking against a mixed use mega-development (1 East Pleasant Street) immediately adjacent to the proposed improvements, "No one else had approved the deal, which is a BIG help to those who wish to profit off our town."
So I can imagine this new information -- that the "deal" has a string attached -- is NOT going to go over well with those who are concentrating fire at the 1 East Pleasant Street project and pretty much development of any kind.
Apparently the condition is the town has to "match" the grant by doing improvements at the adjacent East Pleasant/Triangle Street intersection, which has been targeted for improvements for a quite a while.
Over the summer the Public Works Committee did vote unanimously to approve the idea of a roundabout at that intersection, but "only if it does not cost town money."
Triangle/East Pleasant Intersection (circled in red)
Last spring Amherst Town Meeting (who never met a development it liked) turned down an easement proposal to take slivers of land to allow for the roundabout.