The sun also rises over entrepreneurial rebuilding
The renovation of a former cow barn for Atkins North is moving along at flank speed and may actually see satisfied customers before the end of August, in time for when the swallows, err, students return to Capistrano, err, Amherst.
Not that a chic operation like Atkins needs to rely on students.
Helpful that Cowls President Cinda Jones husband can operate an excavator
Large windows are framed in the south wall
South east corner needed the most work
Adjacent abandoned barn is almost contigious
The immediate neighboring barn, however, may not be as fortunate as the cow barn. Last July 22nd the Amherst Historical Commission placed a one year demo delay on the ancient structure, but no plans have been forthcoming for its revitalization.
W.D. Cowls President Cinda Jones would like to save the barn and is willing to lease it for $1/year for 20 years to anyone who can renovate it with a business plan that's complimentary to the The Mill District.
Roof is starting to collapse
And has plenty of holes
Otherwise, in the interest of public safety -- especially Atkins North customers -- the building will come down. The clock is ticking.
Currently the barn screens the Mill District from neighbors along Montague Road