Fort River Elementary School does have extensive outdoor recreation facilities to lose
One of the more interesting things to come out of the public firefight at the Amherst School Committee meeting last night was the leaking of information regarding other building projects that do not seem to get any attention at all: DPW and South Fire Station new buildings.
Vince O'Connor hatched a conspiracy plot about town officials wishing to abandon Fort River Elementary School in favor of a Wildwood mega-school, which is really twin schools under one roof, so it would then free up Fort River for the new DPW building.
DPW has outgrown its 100 year old building
And moving the DPW from it's current home in one of the classier neighborhoods in Amherst would then free up that location for the new South Fire Station, which has to be located within one mile of Amherst town center in order to abandon tired, old, cramped Central Station.
Which could then be sold to the highest bidder to create a trendy mixed use business/residential building in the heart of downtown.
Central Station could be razed for a new five story mixed use building (especially if a Parking Garage is built out back)
Thus we get three new municipal buildings -- School, Fire and DPW -- with no land acquisition costs.