CPA Projects Database

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Amherst Amherst Historical Society Roof Repair

These funds are needed for roof repairs, specifically the replacement of the cedar shingles on the front mansard roof of the Simeon Strong House, the three smaller porch roofs and if the bids allow, the metal side roof. The gutter below the mansard roof needs to be replaced so that water can run off the building properly. Restoration of the roof would complete an ongoing project and return the roof to a more historically accurate and appropriate design and material. These roof repairs follow up on roof repairs at the rear of the Simeon Strong House which were completed in 2011. Using previous CPA funding of $45,000, the rear mansard shingles were replaced and the west wing was re-roofed, which entailed carpentry work on the mansard slope and around a chimney, plus replacement of gutters.

The Simeon Strong House was built in the 1750s and has served as the home of the Amherst Historical Society since 1916. It functions as a museum, preserving and displaying artifacts from the long history of the Town of Amherst. The roof repairs were recommended in a 2002 engineering survey of the house. The shingles are very old. Some have suffered impact damage from branches falling from the adjacent giant sycamore tree, which is over 250 years old. Many of the shingles are warped and past the end of their useful life. Green mold or moss is growing vigorously on the shingles over the front entrance of the house. Moss with spore stems is growing on the shingles over the door from the east parlor to the garden. The shingles over the street-side entrance also are weathered, and the metal roof over the adjacent bay is rusted and in need of replacement.

5/16/2012  
Amherst Amherst Historical Society Database
5/16/2012  
Amherst North Amherst Farm (Nickerson Property)
5/16/2012  
Amherst AHA Preservation of Units at Ann Whalen

The kitchens at Ann Whalen are 37 years old and have never been renovated. Most, if not all units have cabinets with delaminated veneer and countertops that are burned and delaminated. All of the units have electric outlets located near sinks that are not Ground Fault Interrupter (GFI) protected, and dim overhead lights in the kitchen. Although all the units in the Ann Whalen Apartments need to have the kitchen upgrades done, the AHA is cognizant of the limited available resources and is seeking to upgrade 25 units. These units would receive new kitchen cabinet re-facings, countertops, sinks, and plumbing access panels. We are requesting funds to install GFI outlets in all 80 units of the kitchens and bathrooms to meet current electrical code. We are also requesting funds to install a new light fixture which will provide brighter light in the kitchen area

5/29/2013  
Amherst Family Outreach of Amherst and Amherst Housing Authority

This proposal will create the Amherst Renters Emergency Fund for the preservation and support of community housing by preserving tenancies for Amherst residents who might otherwise be forced to move out of Amherst. Sustaining a diverse population in Amherst is a vital aspect of community preservation. This would be for low/extremely low-income families at risk of homelessness.

5/22/2013  
Amherst Conservation of Emily Dickinson Dress and storage equipment,

Restoration of Emily Dickinson

5/22/2013  
Amherst Amherst Media

It is important to properly archive and preserve the recordings of public meetings, events, and Town Meetings, and then make them available to the public for free via the internet. Amherst Media has been working with a professional consultant to develop assessments and priorities, and it is clear that many of the recordings are deteriorating.

5/22/2013  
Amherst Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst
5/22/2013  
Amherst Jones Library

Jones Library

5/22/2013  
Amherst Brunelle Property, Potwine Lane
5/29/2013  
Amherst Purchase Rock Farm

the land from a bank with strong support from the Town, the Department of Conservation, Recreation (DCR), the South Amherst Conservation Association(SACA) and many concerned South Amherst residents. Public and private funding as well as the sale of two house lots will make this important effort possible

5/29/2013  
Amherst Mill River Recreation Area,

In the summer of 2012 changes to the Community Preservation Act known as

5/22/2013  
Amherst Housing Voucher Program

Housing Choice Voucher Program (also known as Section 8)

5/5/2014  
Amherst Habitat for Humanity Hawthorne

Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity

5/5/2014  
Amherst west street barn restoration

332 West Street Barn Restoration, $75,000 (CPAC Vote: 9-0)

5/5/2014  
Amherst Groff Park Wading Pool Filter

Groff Park Wading Pool Chlorinator, $4,000 (CPAC Vote 8-0-1)

5/5/2014  
Amherst Saul Property Purchase

Saul Property, $41,785 (Borrowing Authorization) (CPAC Vote 9-0)

5/5/2014  
Amherst Rolling Green Preservation of Affordable Housing units

Rolling Green

6/2/2014  
Amherst Amherst Community Land Trust - North Amherst Land Acqusiton

The Amherst Community Land Trust seeks to acquire a 0.74 acre undeveloped lot on North Pleasant Street in North Amherst (parcel 5C-28) in order to make that parcel available for the development of an affordable duplex for two low-income families. ACLT is a nonprofit charitable organization founded to address the shortage of affordable housing in Amherst and to strengthen neighborhoods threatened by high prices and absentee ownership. By acquiring this property, ACLT aims to increase the affordable housing stock in Amherst while promoting home ownership and long-term stewardship of housing resources in town. The ACLT lowered the amount requested to $95,000 after securing a grant from the Interfaith Housing, Inc. ACLT currently has a memorandum of Understanding with Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity to create two affordable units on the property. The purchase of this parcel will also help another non-profit organization, North Amherst Community Farm, who will use the proceeds toward their mortgage and other expenses.

5/6/2015  
Amherst Cook Fountain

The Town of Amherst is proposing to use CPA funds for the Enos Cook Memorial Fountain in Sweetser Park. This fountain was designed by the Olmstead Brothers and constructed in 1910. A consultant with experience in construction and repair of stone fountains and memorials would be hired to: 1) Perform an assessment and engineering study of the Enos Cook Memorial Fountain in Sweetser Park, 2) Prepare a scope of work and bid specifications for restoration of the Fountain, and 3) Design and construct a cover to preserve and protect the Fountain during the winter. An inspection of the Fountain has found increasing deterioration of the upper stone bowl, deterioration of the piping in the Fountain, and caulking and mortar issues in many of the stones.

5/6/2015  
Amherst Amherst Historical Society, Strong House Archaeology Survey

The Strong House property is a long-occupied and heavily utilized site that has a high potential for containing archaeological evidence about the history of the house. The lot is at the center of the remains of a much larger farm and almost certainly contains archaeological evidence for a wide range of agricultural and domestic work activities, structures and artifacts. Any new activities on the property that might significantly disturb the ground (utility work, new construction, new walkways, tree removal, new planting beds and so forth) should take into consideration the potential for disturbing or destroying archaeological remains from the historic use of the property. Archaeology should be employed, as necessary, in a planned and systematic way to protect and document evidence for the history of the site that lies buried beneath its current ground surface. The Strong House Archaeological Study will provide an opportunity for students to work along with the professionals on this project.

5/6/2015  
Amherst Amherst Historical Society, Strong House Archaeology Survey

The Strong House property is a long-occupied and heavily utilized site that has a high potential for containing archaeological evidence about the history of the house. The lot is at the center of the remains of a much larger farm and almost certainly contains archaeological evidence for a wide range of agricultural and domestic work activities, structures and artifacts. Any new activities on the property that might significantly disturb the ground (utility work, new construction, new walkways, tree removal, new planting beds and so forth) should take into consideration the potential for disturbing or destroying archaeological remains from the historic use of the property. Archaeology should be employed, as necessary, in a planned and systematic way to protect and document evidence for the history of the site that lies buried beneath its current ground surface. The Strong House Archaeological Study will provide an opportunity for students to work along with the professionals on this project.

5/6/2015  
Amherst Amherst Historical Society Strong House Painting

The Amherst Historical Society requests $25,000 to paint the Simeon Strong House. It was partially painted in 2010 with the majority of the work done by a University of Massachusetts fraternity. The job was not completed and the level of paint application varied leaving us with a building substantially in need of professional painting. We have areas of paint failure and areas not painted in more than 20 years. We need to stop the deterioration of the underlying wood substrates and improve the overall appearance by using the paint to better define the architectural features. It is our goal to bring the Simeon Strong House into excellent repair and then to maintain it on a regular schedule. Painting the entire building will allow us to begin regular maintenance. All work will comply with the Secretary of Interior Standards for Rehabilitation.

5/6/2015  
Amherst Goodwin Memorial AME Zion Church - Capital Needs, Archaeology Study and Planning

The Church requests funds to perform a comprehensive Capital Needs Assessment. This will provide information regarding issues of soundness, safety, building codes, energy conservation, and accessibility that the Church needs for short and long-term planning. A Capital Needs Assessment is also a requirement for other grants and historic preservation funding that the Church will pursue. An archaeological study of the site would be done as well. This Church is historically significant as a center of community and cultural and religious life for many African Americans in the area since 1910. The church is on the National and State Registers of Historic Sites. Key issues that the church needs these funds to address in order to preserve the structure and its function as an ongoing center of culture and religious life include drainage issues and accessibility, which require archaeological survey work to be done before any such work takes place.

5/6/2015  
Amherst Hall Property Acquisition

The Town would like to preserve approximately 31.56+/- acres known as the Hall Properties located off Old Farm Road and Kestrel Lane for conservation and public passive recreation purposes. The project includes the acquisition of two properties, approximately 25.6+/- acres containing the southern portion of Owen

5/6/2015  
Amherst North Amherst Field Rehab

This proposal intends to create a safe and usable field with minimal improvements--parking and player safety fencing. While historically this small recreation area functioned as an informal baseball practice field, today

5/6/2015  
Amherst Amherst Baseball Inc. - Mill River Field Reconstruction and Improvements

Support for reconstruction and improvements to the Mill River baseball fields. The improvements include:

5/6/2015  
Amherst Valley CDC First Time Homebuyer/Mortgage Subsidies
5/18/2016  
Amherst Amherst Community Connections
5/18/2016  
Amherst Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity

Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity (PVHH) is working in partnership with the Amherst Community Land Trust (ACLT) to build an affordable duplex on land formerly owned by North Amherst Community Farm (NACF). ACLT acquired the building lot from NACF with CPA funds and has selected PVHH as the developer to build two affordable home ownership units at the site.

5/18/2016  
Amherst First Congregational Church

The First Congregational Church at 165 Main Street is one of the oldest structures in the Dickinson Local Historic District and is closely associated with the family and legacy of Emily Dickinson. The building is a major presence in the historic environs of the Dickinson Homestead and Evergreens. The greatest risk to preserving this historic structure used by church members and the public is fire, as there is at present no automatic fire sprinkler system. As the main building is timber-framed and lacks fire walls, any fire would spread rapidly, be difficult to fight, and would likely cause irrevocable damage leading to demolition. This is a part of a larger renovation project including an elevator, electrical and restroom upgrades. The church is used by the public for a preschool, meetings such as Alcoholics Anonymous, and Not Bread Alone food program.

5/18/2016  
Amherst North Prospect-Lincoln-Sunset Historical District Inventory/Study,

This proposal seeks funding for a consultant to help complete required documentation and research that is involved in establishing a Local Historic District (LHD). Establishing a LHD is a long and involved process, requiring comprehensive study report and the approval of the Massachusetts Historical Commission (MHC), the Select Board, a majority vote at Town Meeting and the State Attorney General. The consultant will help complete inventory forms and photographs for nearly 200 properties, the study report to the MHC and other tasks

5/18/2016  
Amherst The Evergreens/Emily Dickinson Museum - Fire Suppression System

This proposal requests CPA funds to help protect The Evergreens, a component structure of the Emily Dickinson Museum, from catastrophic loss by fire. The current project is part of a larger infrastructure plan to secure both Dickinson houses and their collections from fire, decay, and poor environment. This is part of a larger project also and Amherst College has pledged to match CPA funds.

5/18/2016  
Amherst Amherst Historical Society and Museum - Strong House Repairs and Dendrochronology Study,

Funding requested for three projects: 1) Carpentry and related essential repairs to envelope of building: $ 20,000 2) Dendrochronological investigation (or tree-ring dating) of building to determine age and construction history: $ 4,500 3) Title research, securing relief from testamentary restrictions via Massachusetts Historical Society, Massachusetts Attorney General

5/18/2016  
Amherst Amherst Historical Commission

Request for CPA funds to fabricate and install a memorial stone interpretive sign in West Cemetery honoring the memory and Civil War service of Christopher Thompson, a black resident of Amherst who, along with approximately 20 other black men, enlisted for Amherst and fought for the Union during the Civil War. The memorial sign would identify the African American section of the cemetery and commemorate the Civil War service of five members of the Thompson family--four brothers and Christopher

5/18/2016  
Amherst Hoerle Property APR

The Town would like to assist in the preservation of approximately 62.62+/- acres of land for farming at 908 South East Street. The property owner has filed an application with the Agricultural Preservation Restriction (APR) Program administered by the MA Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR). The APR Program pays farmland owners to put deed restrictions on farmland that prohibit any use of the land that will negatively impact its agricultural viability. The APR Program requires local funding be provided as a match to State funding. The State has indicated they will fund $616,500 towards the preservation of this land and the local match is $68,500. This land is important for preservation as valuable farmland and includes many other natural and community resources including Hop Brook, vicinity to the Norwottuck Rail Trail, land mapped for endangered species, wetlands and areas protected as a medium yield aquifer.

5/18/2016  
Amherst Protection of Cushman Brook- Stosz and Stowes Properties

In December 2015 the Town was awarded a $183,557.50 grant from the Local Acquisitions for Natural Diversity (LAND) program to acquire approximately 14.3 acres of open space on properties along the Cushman Brook in North Amherst. The Stosz and Stowes properties are located on either side of East Leverett Road and are adjacent to Town Conservation Land and increase the connectivity of preserved land along the Cushman Brook Corridor, including 1750 ft. of frontage. The properties remain undeveloped woodland and wetlands and would safeguard areas of priority and prime habitat that the Town of Amherst and partners- Kestrel Trust, Rattlesnake Gutter Trust, CPA committee and the Commonwealth- have worked for more than 30 years to protect.

5/18/2016  
Amherst Town of Amherst- Modernization of Groff Park

Request for CPA funds for improvements to help modernize Groff Park and make it more user friendly. Town staff worked with Berkshire Design Group to develop preliminary cost estimates to construct a new splash park, playground and pavilion at Groff Park and complete capital improvements to the existing pavilion. The project cost for the modernization project-spray park, playground and pavilion- is approximately $1m. At this time, the priority is to remove the wading pool and replace it with a spray park, add an accessible pathway to this amenity and make improvements to the existing pavilion with a new roof and structural supports. The Town is applying for CPA funds for design of the modernization project, construction of the spray park and associated amenities and a PARC Grant will be submitted in July 2016 to implement the new playground and pavilion. The Town

5/18/2016  
Amherst Appropriation for future APR

To appropriate funds for the future acquisition of an agricultural preservation restriction to be recommended by the Community Preservation Act Committee. (Article 2)

1/11/2006  
Amherst Mortgage Subsidy Loans

To provide three income-eligible households with $50,000 zero or reduced interest-deferred payment loan, and to establish a revolving fund into which the proceeds from the original three loans will be deposited and used for future deferred payment loans to be administered by the Town.

6/18/2007  
Amherst Mortgage Subsidy Loans

Fee for management of deferred payment loan program

6/18/2007  
Amherst Jones Library Historic Structures Report

This proposal seeks funds to complete a historic structures report for the Jones Library building. It will serve several important purposes: Provide a fundamental and comprehensive assessment of the library building and its history that is currently lacking. Help to inform and guide final designs of the Jones Library expansion plans, by providing an objective framework of professionally-developed information about the building

4/27/2017  
Amherst North Amherst Community Farm

North Amherst Community Farm

4/27/2017  
Amherst Affordable Housing Staff position

This proposal seeks funds for a part-time non-benefited staff person to support the Amherst Municipal Affordable Housing Trust (AMAHT). This position would help with operations and administrative duties of the Trust as well as work proactively to generate affordable housing projects in accordance with the Trust

4/27/2017  
Amherst Jewish Community of Amherst

This proposal seeks funds to complete a full repair and historical restoration of the steeple, including straightening the lean. In August 2014 the steeple was struck by lightning causing significant damage to its exterior. The building that houses the Jewish Community of Amherst (JCA) was purchased from the Second Congregational Church in 1976. Their Greek-Revival style second meeting house, now the JCA sanctuary was completed in 1839. This restoration respects and enhances the value of the steeple as a basic element of the visual icon that the building has been for almost two centuries

4/27/2017  
Amherst Town of Amherst- Mill River Basketball Courts

This proposal seeks funds to resurface and refurbish the basketball courts at Mill River Recreation Area. The two courts are in extremely poor condition. The surface needs to be refurbished, treated and sealed. Courts need to be relined and painted. Hoops structures are unstable and need to be removed, stabilized and reset in their foundations. All 4 backboards need to be replaced and finally, two new 8

4/27/2017  
Amherst Town of Amherst- Cole Property Acquisition

This proposal seeks funds to preserve approx. 7 acres known as the Cole Property located at 1194 West Street for conservation and public passive recreation purposes. The property is one of the few remaining unpreserved parcels at the base of the Mount Holyoke range, abuts Sweet Alice Conservation Area and will provide trail access for Amherst residents to the Mount Holyoke Range State Park. The property contains two perennial streams that feed the Plum Brook, forested wetlands, a 3 acre agricultural field, and is part of a very important wildlife corridor.

5/1/2017  
Amherst North Common

This proposal seeks funds to help with the historic rehabilitation of the North Common to provide the community with a more flexible, programmable space that continues to respect the historic integrity of a landscape that is central to the civic and social activity of Amherst

4/27/2017  
Amherst West Cemetery Headstones

This proposal seeks funds for the restoration of a minimum of 40-60 badly- damaged headstones, out of approximately 264 headstones that need restoration in the 1870 section of the West Cemetery. West Cemetery is Amherst

4/27/2017  
Amherst Town of Amherst- Mill River Pool Filter and Pumps

This proposal seeks funds for the replacement of the filter system, pumps and associated plumbing at the pool and wading pool at the Mill River Recreation Area. This equipment is original from the early 1970

4/27/2017