Little Red Schoolhouse: Worth $1 million to move?
After an hour of one-sided overly enthusiastic discussion the Amherst Historical Commission decided not to take any action on the one year demo delay (which expires in May) currently in effect for the Amherst College owned Little Red Schoolhouse.
While that may sound like a victory for breathless zealot Carol Gray, it fell far short of what she repeatedly asked the Commission to do: mainly go on a public relations warpath against Amherst College, and try to force a meeting with President Biddy Martin.
Commissioners expressed exasperation with Ms. Gray who simply refused to answer simple questions with a yes or no. Like whether she has raised a single dime towards the preservation effort over these past six months? Well, no (after 10 minutes worth of other ideas that will never pan out).
Or whether she secured property off the Amherst College campus for the building to go? Umm, no.
Amherst College representative Tom Davies said the College wants the building gone but will not put money into moving it, and their estimates are more like $1 million vs Ms. Gray's overly optimistic $150,000 (which did not include relocation site work).
He also pointed out, when he could get a word in edgewise, the College takes historical preservation very seriously and has won awards for doing so.
Little Red Schoolhouse is currently standing in the way of the new $214 million Science Center which the College hopes to break ground on next year.
Amherst Historical Commission: Carol Gray 2nd from rt, Tom Davies rear center