Intersection of Triangle and East Pleasant Streets will go the way of roundabout
The Public Works Committee will hold a public unveiling next month of the plans for a new roundabout at the north end of downtown immediately adjacent to the new five-story, mixed-use (mostly residential) Kendrick Place.
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The new plans call for a slight taking ("by gift, purchase and/or eminent domain") of property from Bank of America and a sliver of property from Kendrick Park, owned by the town. But no taking of property from Jeff Brown.
Failed to acquire two-thirds vote
In the Spring of 2014 Town Meeting turned down a general request for easements over nearby parcels but that vote required a two-thirds majority and failed by a 79 (yes) to 62 (No) vote.
In addition to the 8/20 meeting The Public Works Committee will hold one additional meeting three months later and will then make their recommendation to the Amherst Select Board, keepers of the public way.
The PWC has already voted previously to support a roundabout at that location, as long as it is state funded.
The state did provide $1.5 million MassWorks grant to bury utility lines in the immediate area (happening this summer) as long as the town provided matching funds in the form of improvements to that intersection.
Public Works Committee meeting last night