30-home affordable complex in Amherst gets go-ahead


Staff Writer
Published: 03-19-2024 4:46 PM

AMHERST — An affordable housing development giving 30 families an opportunity to own their own homes is on track to be constructed over the next few years after receiving a comprehensive permit from the Zoning Board of Appeals, with a condition that, during the selection process for almost one-third of the dwellings, a preference be given to those who live or work locally, or have children in the town’s public schools.

After a lengthy series of meetings beginning last October, the Zoning Board of Appeals voted unanimously last Thursday to award a comprehensive permit, with waivers, conditions and findings, to Valley Community Development so it can proceed with Amherst Community Homes, a $20 million development on just over 9 acres situated between Ball Lane and Pulpit Hill Road and just off Montague Road/ Route 63.

Ground is expected to be broken next year, with all homes to be sold by 2027, said Jessica Allan, real estate project manager for Valley..

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Learn more about Amherst Community Homes here. 

An artist’s conception of Amherst Community Homes, as prepared by Austin Design Cooperative, Dodson & Flinker Landscape Architecture and Planning and Stonefield Engineering & Design.