Town-owned properties eyed for future housing in Amherst

Staff Writer
Published: 8/15/2023 1:15:20 PM

AMHERST — Town-owned land on Strong Street and at the former Hickory Ridge Golf Course on West Pomeroy Lane, along with the properties that include the vacant Veterans of Foreign War building on Main Street and empty South Amherst School on Middle Street, are being eyed for future housing for low- and moderate-income families and individuals.

These pipeline projects, as Assistant Town Manager David Ziomek refers to them, could happen over the course of the next 12 to 15 years.

“I think all of these have potential,” Ziomek said at a recent Amherst Affordable Housing Trust meeting.

Doing the work on examining the redevelopment potential of the properties, though, is a matter of priority and the finite staff and resources the town has, Ziomek said. Still, such work can set up the town for soliciting affordable housing developers.

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