AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) - The project will cost about $14 million, but the college saysit's an investment that will pay for itself.
Renovations to the inn were put on hold last November becausethe economy reduced the college's endowment by 20 percent.
Originally, the renovations were estimated to cost about $30million, but the school has scaled back the cost.
All 49 rooms will be renovated, the restaurant will beexpanded, and a ballroom will be added.
The Director of Facilities for Amherst College Jim Brassordtold 22News that this will not only benefit the college, but itwill also benefit downtown Amherst.
"The inn is really an economic drive for the downtown," saidBrassord.
The college will be breaking ground on this project next springand it's scheduled to be completed in the spring of 2011.