Amherst Town Council hears from residents on proposed low-income apartments

Hampshire County

AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – A meeting about a proposed low-income housing development in Amherst took place Monday night.

Residents were able to voice their concerns about an ongoing controversy on a low-income housing project. The Town Council heard from the public about funding that is being recommended by the Community Preservation Act Committee on a proposed studio apartment supportive housing project at 132 Northampton Road.

They answered questions and concerns the public may have on the project, a single-family home that would provide apartments to 28 low-income individuals. The finance committee delayed a vote earlier this month to borrow $500,000 from the Valley Community Development project.

“It’s important that this project goes forward as a project of the community and a project of the developer, Valley CDC,” said John Page. “This is an opportunity to get their concerns out of the way so that both advocates and people worried about the project can talk to one another.”

No action was taken by the town council Monday night. There will be a vote on Tuesday on whether to accept the funding from the Community Preservation Act Committee.

Monday night’s meeting was held at the Bangs Community Center.

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