Vince O'Connor firing shots at 1 East Pleasant Street mixed use development
As the 51st anniversary of that exceedingly sad day in American history fast approaches I can't help but be reminded of his two indelible quotes our Planning Board should forever adopt as their motto: "Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country."
In the spirit of amending a zoning article on the floor of Amherst Town Meeting I would strike out the
And the other one, President Kennedy borrowed from a New England Chamber of Commerce: "A rising tide lifts all boats."
In Amherst, like a lot of college towns, we have a housing shortage. Across the entire spectrum of the housing market, we simply need more: affordable housing (low income), handicapped housing, middle-income family housing, student housing, and yes, even high-end rich people housing.
So when a development comes along, like 1 East Pleasant Street, that plans to add 84 vitally needed units targeting one or two of those demographics (student housing and/or high end expensive housing), then that rising tide helps every facet of the market by soaking up a chunk of the demand.
1 East Pleasant Street
And as supply catches up with demand, prices could start to come down.
Last night's Planning Board Site Plan Approval hearing for 1 East Pleasant Street -- the 4th session of its kind -- still did not end in a decision. The Historical Commission meets tonight with a discussion about the historic mural that will be repainted by the original artist on the new building.
West Cemetery Mural will be repainted on new building by David Fichter
But that is not expected to be a deal killer as Archipelego Investments is wise enough to know what matters in Amherst. That's the kind of responsiveness these two developers have brought to this proposal, and I'm sure will continue to bring to this endeavor even after it opens for business two years from now.
Kyle Wilson (standing), Dave Williams (seated)
NIMBYs in the audience had dwindled by more than half since the 1st hearing (10/1), but still took pot shots at the project. Even forever activist Vince O'Connor sounded half hearted with his request for the Planning Board to deny the "unrealistic proposal" because of a lack of parking.
The Planning Board continued the public hearing to December 3rd, for a 5th and final meeting.