HAP’s development moves ahead, but Valley CDC’s lumberyard housing project stalls.

Out on the big stretch of open land off of Holyoke Street, the goldenrod is growing high on the Northampton Lumber land, sprouting through cracks in the asphalt. Time is passing. Northampton Lumber is dead, and its land lies fallow. Just what downtown Northampton needs, another vacant piece of land. Joanne Campbell of Valley CDC … Continue reading HAP’s development moves ahead, but Valley CDC’s lumberyard housing project stalls.

Lawsuit stops Phillips Place development (for now)

I am quoting below a writer who lives on Phillips Place who missed the planning board meeting last week. She wished her letter to Carolyn Misch, one of the city planners, to be her public comment.  I am printing this excerpt.  Last week Amherst residents  Linda Muerle and her husband Burt Ewart received final approval  for the second house they had constructed … Continue reading Lawsuit stops Phillips Place development (for now)

In-Fill Housing should not be a surprise: The case of 7 Adare Place.

  “It’s big all right,” said a friend of mine.  “Buildings can’t be higher than  thirty-five feet in URB.  That is a hell of a lot higher than thirty-five feet.” You may have seen it when going by.  The peak of the roof of this solar house off Prospect Street now under construction is forty-one … Continue reading In-Fill Housing should not be a surprise: The case of 7 Adare Place.

And the track record of Opal in Springfield is not great, either

Four years have passed since Opal Real Estate was designated the preferred developer for the Court Square Development. The main six story building is right across from city hall and the courthouse. The Court Square Hotel was once the center of Springfield’s civic life, the place where distinguished visitors stayed when they came to town. The … Continue reading And the track record of Opal in Springfield is not great, either