12 Hallock (circled) will be demolished for parking and house in front razed for a new multi-level commercial building
The Amherst Historical Commission will hold a demolition delay hearing on Tuesday night regarding two adjacent structures in the north end of downtown owned by two prominent local developers, Curt Shumway and Barry Roberts.
Besides dripping in local history the other main factor working against the immediate demolition is both buildings are in excellent condition with a lot of visual curb appeal.
12 Hallock Street
236 North Pleasant Street
Perhaps a downside of the two local developers being responsible owners over the years and actually taking good care of the structures.
The Historical Commission can only impose a maximum of a one-year delay and they appear to be not overly influenced by the status of an owner.
For instance back in July of 2014 they voted to impose the one year delay on Cinda Jones -- dubbed by neighbors as the "Donald Trump of Amherst" -- for a historic barn on Montague Road in The Mill District.
Cowls barn 134 Montague Road in The Mill District, North Amherst
Although that demolition delay has now expired the barn is still a stately presence looming over the North Amherst Village center.
Vestry now at 12 Hallock Street was originally just behind what is now College/Memorial Hall, owned by Amherst College
Editor's note: In the interest of transparency Curt Shumway is an advertiser and I was one of the 10,000 babies delivered by Dr. Merzbach