Crocker Farm Pre-School play area will cost $270,000
The Amherst Community Preservation Act committee briefly discussed three new proposals last night that have just come in vying for the $1.273 million they have left in their piggy bank. If all three receive CPA and then Fall Town Meeting approval, it comes to just over $600,000.
Last Spring -- the usual cycle for CPA spending -- Town Meeting approved all 9 new projects endorsed by the CPA committee for a total of $523,346.
One of those 9 projects included $25,000 for making Crocker Farm pre-school playground ADA compliant. But town and school officials have decided that would simply be a band aid, so this new proposal is a complete tear down and renovation from the ground up with all new commercial quality equipment.
Assistant Town Manager Dave Ziomek submitted the expected request for 30% matching funds required by the state for a $500,000+ proposal to rehabilitate the historic North Common in front of equally historic Town Hall. That will cost the town between $150,000 and $165,000.
The proposal that came somewhat out of the blue, submitted only the day before the CPAC meeting, came via Carol Gray: $190,000 to $240,000 for the moving of the Amherst College owned "Little Red Schoolhouse", built in 1937, and now standing in the way of a $100+ million Science Center.
Little Red Schoolhouse facing east
Back on May 19 the Amherst Historical Commission hit Amherst College with a half-hearted "one year demolition delay," but suggested if the College really can't see any workable alternative after trying really hard, then they could probably tear it down sooner.
South East Street Alternative High School was mentioned as possible home for Little Red
Ms. Gray suggested the solid brick building could be moved to town owned property.
Greenway Dorm construction
Amherst College is currently busy with construction on the new Greenway Dorms, which are not expected to open until the Fall of 2016.Construction on the new Science Building would start pretty much the next day.
Amherst Community Preservation Act Committee meeting last night
The Community Preservation Act Committee will devote their next two meetings (8/25 and 9/8) to hear presentations, discuss, and then vote on the three proposals.
A majority of Amherst Town Meeting must also vote in favor for the money to be released.