AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) - Governor Charlie Baker attended North Square at the Mill district, where he discussed signing the state's largest one housing bond bill of $1.8 billion.
Governor Charlie Baker and community members gathered for the long awaited groundbreaking for North Square at the Mill district, a mixed-use housing development in North Amherst.
It's land that has been in the Cowls family for generations.
Cinda Jones, a 9th generation family member, told 22News, "Since 1741 each generation of our family has built what that generation has needed."
The Mill District will be designed with sustainability in mind. The pet friendly community will have 130 disability-accessible apartments; 26 designated for low income families.
Amherst has invested $2 million in tax credits into this project.
Town Manager Paul Bockelman told 22News, "We're one of the few communities that has an excessive of 10% of housing that's affordable and designated affordable."
However, Governor Charlie Baker said more can be done, "I just think it has to be a priority for us to work on this housing issue at every level. We need to build more affordable housing. We need to build more workforce housing."
The pedestrian-friendly community has retail shops, restaurants, and is less than a mile from UMass.
North Square will also include commercial retail space for up to 10 businesses.
Governor Baker told 22News, He hopes a "housing choice bill," currently pending in the house, will receive support to help address the state's housing shortage.
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