Once bitterly opposed Butternut Farm (now not a peep)
Vince O'Connor, a North Amherst resident, used the public comment period at Monday night's Select Board meeting to serve notice the NIMBYs would not take a new mixed-use affordable housing project at the Mill District in North Amherst sitting down.
Although he was sitting when he delivered his warning.
A "friendly 40B" would allow Beacon Communities a little leeway in zoning regulations for a denser development in order for them to be able to afford having 25% of the units be, you know, affordable.
Beacon Communities project would go on lot between Atkins Farm and Cowls Building Supply
And presumably they would do this all on their own dime rather than relying on town funding.
A few years ago we used $1.25 million in Community Preservation Act money to help Beacon purchase Rolling Green apartments thus keeping 204 units on the Subsidized Housing Inventory and keeping the town above the 10% threshold.
Otherwise we would now be below that state mandated threshold and Beacon could simply do a regular Ch40B development.
Vira Douangmany Cage (far left)
At the 3rd Hampshire District candidates night on Wednesday Vira Douangmany Cage told the standing room only crowd she lives in Butternut Farm in South Amherst, and her family probably would not be living in Amherst if not for that affordable development, which was the result a "friendly 40B."
As usual that project was bitterly opposed by neighbors, causing a many year delay and $150,000 in additional legal expenses.
But I'm pretty sure Beacon Communities has a pretty good lawyer, or two.