North Amherst center today shows recent improvements via paving and new striping
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So after two open public forums and many individual board and committee meetings it looks like Concept D is going to be the choice for significant renovations to North Amherst Village Center.
At Tuesday's second forum sponsored by the Select Board, Planning Board and Public Works Committee, attended by perhaps 45 citizens, Concept D was once again was the clear favorite of the four presented.
Good crowd at Bangs Center for the 2nd public forum on Tuesday night
Now the significant problem is going to be how to fund it?
I'm told just the basic construction aspect is at least $1 million and the combined value of the two properties that would need to be purchased are another $1 million. So a million here and a million there, pretty soon you're talking real money.
Reverting Sunderland Road back to greenspace ties in Library to School and playing field
The town was shot down for a MassWorks grant recently for this North Amherst intersection, and a couple years ago was also turned down for a $4 million grant to redo Pine Street, which the town just now completed on its own dime (or I should say local taxpayers dimes).
Maybe if we showed a little more support at the ballot box for a Republican Governor, those grants would start rolling in.