CPA Projects Database

Welcome to the CPA Project Database! This tool allows you to search and filter completed CPA projects across Massachusetts. There are four search criteria (municipality, project type, date and keyword). You can use just one or multiple criteria to tailor your search. Once your search is performed, you can click on the "Project Name" to see complete details on that specific project. You can also sort your results alphabetically by clicking on "City/Town Name" and "Project Name," or chronologically by clicking on "Approval Date." To clear your results and perform a new search, hit the Reset button.

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10436 Projects
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Amherst On-hand administrative funds for historic preservation

Funds to be used for the fees associated with the purchase of HPRs in times of historic preservation emergencies or other opportunities between town meetings.

6/18/2007  
Amherst Supporting Fees for APRs, CRs, and land acquisitions

Additional funds for Open Space supporting fees (appraisals and surveys)

6/18/2007  
Amherst W.D. Cowls APR

To purchase an APR on a parcel of land in North Amherst, to add to a block of farmland already protected by APRs owned by Amherst and Hadley.

6/18/2007  
Amherst Town Hall Restoration Debt Authorization

These funds will underwrite the cost (bond debt service) of restoring the exterior masonry of the 1889 Town Hall.

11/7/2007  
Amherst Town Hall Restoration Steps & Clock Tower

These funds would pay for restoring the south steps and clock tower of the 1889 Town Hall

11/7/2007  
Amherst Olympia Drive Comprehensive Permit Application

In 1987, Town Meeting authorized the eminent domain taking of about 27 acres of land on the east end of Olympia Drive, of which about 13 acres were designated for affordable housing. Though the Town has an easement over the road upon which the property has frontage, the road itself is owned by the University of Massachusetts which significantly complicates development of the property under existing zoning requirements. The only way this property can be developed is by using Chapter 40B, the comprehensive permitting law. This state law allows development to proceed with suspension of the Town

5/14/2008  
Amherst Habitat for Humanity affordable housing project

Habitat for Humanity has requested an additional $70,000 to fund the balance of the infrastructure and construction materials for Housing at Stanley Street on land donated by Amherst College. Habitat for Humanity originally requested $60,000 for this development but only received half of that amount as part of the Town

5/14/2008  
Amherst Jones Library and Town Clerk archive restoration

This $20,000 is part of a multi-year program that is conserving and restoring important historic Amherst documents kept by the Town Clerk

5/14/2008  
Amherst Benjamin Kimball House

The $25,600 requested represents the second year of five years of payments to the Mass. Department of Agricultural Resources (DAR) in compensation for the release of APR property as part of a larger land swap that preserved the pre-1815 Federal brick farmhouse and its immediate surroundings. This payment is obligated under a binding agreement with the state previously authorized by Town Meeting

5/14/2008  
Amherst Main Street Hills Mansion Lots Purchase

 Preservation of a Critical Historic Landscape and View

6/16/2008  
Amherst Women's Club Carriage House

Built around 1864, this historic outbuilding is a contributing original structure in the Dickinson National Historic Register District. The $8,800 requested by The Woman

5/14/2008  
Amherst Tietjen Property

Lawrence Swamp Complex - Amherst has worked for more than thirty years to protect over 600 acres of land in and around Lawrence Swamp in an effort to safeguard one of our critical drinking water sources. In the process, an extensive complex of public and private lands has been conserved in a mosaic of parcels that provide contiguous wildlife habitat and a working landscape for sustainable farming. The Tietjen land is one of the largest unprotected parcels remaining in this complex.

5/14/2008  
Amherst Habitat for Humanity affordable housing project

Pioneer Valley Habitat is requesting Community Preservation Act Funds to purchase construction materials needed to build the third home at the Stanley Street Amherst site. Community Preservation Act Funds are a very important element in the funding for Habitat homes. The cost of construction for the first home at this site was $125,000. Habitat raises the funds to build the homes as they are building. They sell the homes to the family for the cost of construction and provide a 20-30 year 0% mortgage. All mortgage payments are used by Habitat to help build more homes. An allocation to Habitat is not a onetime donation

5/11/2009  
Amherst West Cemetery

One of several distinct projects described in the 1999 West Cemetery Preservation Plan, this involves preservation and restoration of the deteriorated ironwork fences around the Dickinson and Cutler family plots, and replacement of the iron door on the Town Tomb with a door more appropriate to the period of the tomb. The Historical Commission has received estimates from Amherst Welding for this work:

5/11/2009  
Amherst Jones Library Special Collections

There are ongoing problems with climate control in the three-room Special Collections section of the library. This project would appropriate $10,000 for a study of the HVAC needs of the Special Collections section alone, for development of bid specifications for an appropriate new climate control system for that section, and possibly for interim measures to allow for improved climate control prior to installation of a new system. Amherst invested in the conservation of historic documents housed at Special Collections for four (4) years. Making sure that the climate controls that protect those documents are working properly is an obvious and necessary investment.

5/11/2009  
Amherst Historic Signs

These funds would be used to develop, design and install signs comprising a Writers

5/11/2009  
Amherst Historic Register District Nomination -Dickinson District Expansion & new Amherst Depot District

These funds would be used to expand the boundaries of the existing Dickinson NHR District in concert with the development of a local historic district there, and would pay for the development of a new NHR district related to the historic development of the Amherst Depot, and the industrial uses and adjacent residential neighborhoods that sprang up in response to the presence of the railroad. NHR districts provide properties with limited protections when state or federal funds are being used for a project, and such districts can also be protected by local regulations such as zoning or local historic districts. To reduce costs, this project would be

5/11/2009  
Amherst Historic Resource Inventory Phase II - Historic Barns & Outbuildings

These FY10 funds would be used to supplement existing FY08 funds previously set aside to match a Massachusetts Historical Commission Survey & Planning grant to update and complete Amherst

5/11/2009  
Amherst Johnson Property Conservation Restriction

A 15 acre conservation restriction on a significant agricultural property adjacent to the Lawrence Swamp conservation area

5/6/2009  
Amherst Olendzki Property Fee Acquisition/Conservation Restriction

A 26 acre old field habitat adjacent to Lawrence Swamp and high priority on the Amherst OSRP.

5/6/2009  
Amherst Civil War Tablet Restoration and Preservation

In 1893, the Grand Army of the Republic

5/11/2009  
Amherst Habitat for Humanity affordable housing project

Pioneer Valley Habitat request for Community Preservation Act Funds to purchase construction materials needed to build the third home at the Stanley Street Amherst site. Community Preservation Act Funds are a very important element in the funding for Habitat homes

5/11/2009  
Amherst Dickinson Family Plot Fence

- $12,000 will pay for disassembly, transport, cleaning, powder-coating, painting, and re-installation of this iron fence.

5/11/2009  
Amherst Cutler Family Plot Fence

This badly-deteriorated iron fence around the Cutler plot has fallen and many parts are missing. $10,000 will pay for: 1) research and design to determine extent and dimensions of a restored fence enclosure, and; 2) creation of patterns and casts from surviving posts, finials, balustrades, and top and bottom rails.

5/11/2009  
Amherst Town Tomb Door Replacement

Replacement of the

5/11/2009  
Amherst West Cemetery Town Tomb Restoration

This project being undertaken in completion of the Preservation Plan involves the disassembly and reconstruction of the large cut stone slabs, columns, and pillars that constitute the south face of the 1855 Town Tomb, including the removal of the existing foundation and construction of a new foundation. A representative of Dorsey Memorials in Amherst who examined the stone wall facing of the tomb indicated that the stone panels are leaning and are in danger of coming down on their own. Funds previously appropriated for an engineering study of the tomb would be employed to examine the foundation and associated engineering issues. This restoration work would need to be done in concert with the replacement of the tomb door and should be accompanied by the associated landscape restoration.

5/11/2009  
Amherst West Cemetery Historic Landscape Restoration

This project being undertaken in completion of the Preservation Plan involves final landscape design, and purchase of plantings and other materials to restore the historical appearance of different sections of the older portions (1730-1870) of West Cemetery. These areas include the original 1730 Knoll (original burying ground), the African-American section of the cemetery, and the Town Tomb and surrounding burial area. All of these areas include numerous unmarked graves.

5/11/2009  
Amherst Jones Lib roof study/bid specs & Emergency Repairs

The roof on the historic sections of the Jones Library is leaking. Repairing the historic slate roof of a contributing structure in a National Historic Register District is more involved than undertaking a standard roof repair. This project would study the leakage, develop bid specifications for historically-appropriate roof repairs, and pay for emergency interim spot repairs, as needed.

5/11/2009  
Amherst Habitat for Humanity affordable housing project

- Pioneer Valley Habitat is requesting Community Preservation Act Funds to purchase construction materials needed to build the fourth home at the Stanley Street Amherst site. The $50,000 in CPA funds will be used to purchase construction materials and ser

5/10/2010  
Amherst Amherst Housing Authority for Capital Improvements to 22 Units of Low Income Housing

The Amherst Housing Authority proposes to use CPA funds to preserve and to rehabilitate or repair and update 22 units of state funded (Chapter 705) scattered site family public housing. There have not been any capital improvements made to the properties or the units since initial occupancy approximately 20 years ago. The AHA has been notified by the DHCD (Department of Housing and Community Development) that they will provide a match on a dollar for dollar basis to the Town

5/12/2010  
Amherst Amherst History Museum Rehabilitation
5/10/2010  
Amherst Jones Library Roof Restoration

The 2009 Annual Town Meeting appropriated $15,000 to study the extent of leakage and needed repairs for the slate roof of the original sections of the Jones Library. The results of that study indicate that several different sections of the slate roof need repairs, and that the cost should be $40,000. Keeping the roof of this historic building sound and weather-tight is a basic historic preservation need.

5/10/2010  
Amherst North Amherst Library Rehabilitation

This request would pay for restoring the historic, multi-color exterior paint scheme, as well as some minor repairs and insulation work.

5/10/2010  
Amherst Jones Library HVAC Special Collections Climate Control

For years, there have been ongoing problems with climate control in the Special Collections section of the library, endangering the historical documents and materials stored there. In FY10, Town Meeting appropriated $10,000 for a study of the HVAC needs of Special Collections alone, development of bid specifications for a new climate control system, and possibly for interim measures (window AC units) to allow for improved climate control prior to installation of a new system. This $75,000 request would pay for new digital controls just for Special Collections, and represents one component of a consultant

5/10/2010  
Amherst Szwacz Property Purchase

The Town has a long history of working to preserve forest and farm land along the Cushman Brook and Mill Rivers in N. Amherst. The Szwacz property contains significant river frontage and offers a unique opportunity to preserve water quality and wildlife habitat in the Mill River watershed. This parcel is part of a much larger block of land already protected by APR

5/12/2010  
Amherst Hawthorne Property Purchase for Recreation

The CPAC believes that the acquisition of this 6+ acre former farm property is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand and enhance needed public facilities, whether for open space and recreation or community housing (potential reuse of the existing house on the property). The Hawthorne property is adjacent to the Amherst Community Child Care Center, Wildwood Elementary School, the Regional Middle School, and associated recreation fields. The property is located in a central downtown Amherst neighborhood, within walking distance of thousands of residents. Existing parking for the schools could serve any future uses on this property.

5/12/2010  
Amherst Appraisals

Habitat for Humanity, $40,000 (CPAC Vote: 7- 0) - Pioneer Valley Habitat is requesting Community Preservation Act Funds for the construction of a home to be built on donated land on Belchertown Road (Map and parcel: 21B-68). The $40,000 in CPA funds will be used to run water/sewer lines to the home, complete the site work, install the foundation, and purchase construction materials

5/11/2011  
Amherst Appraisals

The Amherst Historical Commission determined the house and large barn to be (historically) significant structures according to Section 13 of the Zoning Bylaw, and therefore issued a 12-month delay on any demolition of the structures. Conducting the analysis and structural study of only the house and large barn will help determine their future, whether they can be renovated into affordable housing, or if existing historic structural timbers could be adaptively reused in new construction.. The comparative analysis provided by the study is a necessary first step to determine how affordable housing will be constructed on site. The analysis is typical with such projects and can be completed in a reasonable timeframe. The cost of this proposal will be allocated 50% for Historical purpose and 50% for Affordable Housing purposes.

5/11/2011    
Amherst Hawthorne House Feasibility Study

The Amherst Historical Commission determined the house and large barn to be (historically) significant structures according to Section 13 of the Zoning Bylaw, and therefore issued a 12-month delay on any demolition of the structures. Conducting the analysis and structural study of only the house and large barn will help determine their future, whether they can be renovated into affordable housing, or if existing historic structural timbers could be adaptively reused in new construction.. The comparative analysis provided by the study is a necessary first step to determine how affordable housing will be constructed on site. The analysis is typical with such projects and can be completed in a reasonable timeframe. The cost of this proposal will be allocated 50% for Historical purpose and 50% for Affordable Housing purposes.

5/11/2011    
Amherst Amherst Historical Society & Museum Structural & Feasibility Study

Currently, the Historical Society is housed in the Strong House, which is not insulated or equipped with climate control to preserve the 1,500 plus artifacts stored onsite, and does not have the structural integrity to allow visitors on the second floor (only one or two staff people are allowed in the same room due to inadequate structural loading of the house).
The project is the first step necessary to preserve and possibly expand the Society

5/11/2011  
Amherst Hope Church Rehabilitation

Hope Community Church intends to restore the structure as part of its nomination for landmark status. Phase I includes roof and foundation work to stabilize the structure, preventing further damage and sealing the structure from the climate. The church remains essentially untouched since it was constructed in 1912

5/11/2011  
Amherst North Amherst Community Farm Rehab

The Historical Commission recognizes that Amherst is quickly losing its agrarian history and culture, amplified by the loss of barns and outbuildings. The barn is integral to the context of one of the last working farms in the center of Amherst. The barn has deteriorated significantly in the last 6-8 months, jeopardizing the structures

5/11/2011  
Amherst Jones Library- Conservation of 6 Historic Paintings

The Special Collections at the Jones Library is familiar with the preservation and conservation of historic items, including newspapers, and Civil War documents. Conservation of the paintings is akin to these conservation efforts. Staff at Special Collections has identified these six paintings as their highest priority for conservation, including five of the paintings that were donated to the Library in 1926 as part of the Burnett Collection

5/11/2011  
Amherst North Amherst Library Foundation Restoration

The North Amherst Library is an historic landmark in the village center. The current size and limited parking of the library restricts its ability to expand without incurring great costs. However, because of these site constraints, the structure retains its century-plus old character. The brick foundation is bulging and pulling away from the interior walls. Although presently there is no visible structural damage, the foundation needs to be restored before the structure

5/11/2011  
Amherst Jones Library Chimney Restoration

The Jones Library is an historic landmark and anchor in the downtown. Its distinctive design and rich history make it an important part of the historic downtown. The chimneys are becoming a safety risk, with several areas crumbling and becoming unstable. General integrity is deteriorating. The Jones Library has six chimneys. All are in various states of need. Work will include replacement and re-pointing of crowns, removal, replication and replacement of decorative caps, liner repairs, and veneer re-pointing. Use of staging and crane services are a large portion of the cost. As in all cases of private uses of CPA funds, an historic preservation restriction on this building and property will need to be transferred to the Town.

5/11/2011  
Amherst Stosz Market Hill Road Land Conservation

Amherst has a long history of working to preserve forest and farm land along the Cushman Brook and Mill River. Town Meeting recently voted to fund the purchase of land owned by Susan and John Stosz off of East Leverett Road that adds to conservation holdings upstream of Puffer

5/11/2011  
Amherst Multi-Use Bike Path Connection UMASS with North Amherst Feasibility Study

This project provides an opportunity to collaborate with the University to create an outdoor recreational facility in wildlife rich habitat that few currently know about or have access to. In addition, this multi-use path will provide yet another link in the regional network of paths and greenways.

5/11/2011  
Amherst Habitat for Humanity affordable housing project

Last year Pioneer Valley Habitat received $40,000 of Community Preservation Act Funds for the construction of a home to be built on donated land on Belchertown Road (Map and parcel: 21B-68). These CPA funds will be used to run water/sewer lines to the home, complete the site work, install the foundation, and purchase construction materials. During the permitting process it was discovered that some additional site work was needed in order to make this site buildable. The cost of the additional work will be $20,000. All mortgage payments are used by Habitat to help build more homes. An allocation to Habitat is not a onetime donation

5/16/2012  
Amherst HAP Olympia Oaks Project

HAP Housing is requesting $250,000 of Town CPA funds to be used as part of the construction funding for the proposed new housing development, Olympia Oaks, at the end of Olympia Drive. Olympia Oaks will provide 42 units of affordable rental housing suitable for families with more than 75% of the units containing two or more bedrooms. Three units will be fully handicapped accessible with accessible kitchens and baths to accommodate wheelchair-bound residents and three will be designed for the hearing impaired. Public areas, including the community room, will also be accessible. HAP Housing also plans to make the units as energy efficient as possible, meeting EnergyStar guidelines.

All of the housing units at Olympia Oaks will have residents whose income is below 60% of area median income. Beyond that, HAP has proposed to DHCD that eight units, representing 19% of the project

5/16/2012  
Amherst West Cemetery Fencing for Dickinson Plot
5/16/2012