Construction to start for $9 million center at UMass Amherst

Hampshire County

AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – A groundbreaking ceremony marked the beginning for the $9 million Newman Catholic Center on the campus of UMass Amherst Wednesday afternoon.

The ceremony was held on the site of the new center at the corner of Thatcher Road North Pleasant Street in Amherst at 1 p.m.

According to a news release sent to 22News, the new center will include a chapel, research area with private study rooms, lounges, the Newman Café, administrative offices, a conference room, outdoor gathering and dining spaces, and gardens. It will be located at 111 Thatcher Road.

Springfield Bishop William D. Byrne and Father Gary Dailey, Director of the Newman Catholic Center, led the groundbreaking ceremony. Representative members of the various councils and boards of the center were also in attendance.

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