(red) Trolley Barn left, Atkins North top center Cowls Building Supply foreground
Atkins North and the Trolley Barn could get some company in the near future in that large lot on the south side of Cowls Road behind Cowls Building Supply, currently home to the saw mill that closed in 2009.
Beacon Communities, who purchased Rolling Green Apartments with $1.25 million in town assistance in order to keep it on our Subsidized Housing Inventory, is considering a mixed use, mixed income rental development with commercial space on the ground floor.
Beacon would manage the residential component and W.D. Cowls would maintain control of the commercial space.
The town's Master Plan calls for development exactly like this in Village Centers and the last two housing studies done for the town indicate an across the board shortage of housing -- especially affordable housing.
Since Atkins North opening last year the Mill District has already established itself as a destination spot.
Ye old saw mill will be demolished
The infusion of more potential customers within walking distance of the current amenities can only add to the vibrancy of North Amherst.
Beacon Communities is still in the planning stages and will no doubt do community outreach before any shovels hit the dirt.
Mill District is within easy walking distance of North Amherst center