A look into the archives Ward Three sprawls over a big area, and is one of the most important and well organized wards in Northampton. Mayors regularly attend meetings of their powerful neighborhood association. It has a piece of downtown and a variety of residential neighborhoods. There are modest homes around Hockanum Road, well-to-do mansions … Continue reading Remembering Angela Plassman
It was a couple years ago and I was talking with our former Building Inspector, Louis Hasbrouck and we were talking about why he approved this huge solar heated building on a dead-end street off of Prospect Street. I thought I had got the best of him, because the building was much too tall for … Continue reading Look Mom, No zoning!
Center of town, Henryetta Oklahoma Natalia Munoz’a anguished opinion piece in the Gazette on November 10th stuck with me. Driving around Northampton doing her errands, she kept wondering which of her fellow motorists and the people who waited on her had voted for Donald Trump. Was it you, she wondered? Maybe the guy driving … Continue reading The Heartland strikes back
Neighbors up there have a sinking feeling: Round Hill Road will continue to be fenced off for at least the next two weeks. The road is now two barricaded dead-ends, with no crosstown access for cars, pedestrians or bikers. In an email sent August 26th to Janet Gross, a Round Hill Road resident, in response … Continue reading The news from Round Hill is not good.
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.
Why he is the most powerful person in our city government? Under four mayors Wayne Feiden has steadily amassed power. I remember Wayne Feiden when he was young, just out of college, I think. Not the city planner, but an ambitious assistant to our planner Larry Smith. Some well-connected people wanted to get rid … Continue reading Through the years with Wayne Feiden
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)
One of the largest tracts of privately owned land in downtown Northampton was sold by Donald Shaw on July 2nd to Winterberry LLC , a limited liability company managed by Matthew Campagnari, operating out of a shop at 128 Federal Street in Springfield. It is not clear at present whether he is the Matthew Campagnari who … Continue reading Shaw’s Motel sold for 1.35 million.
“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.
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