Commercial buildings slated for demolition in Amherst

  • The Piper Building, foreground, the Summerlin Building and The Pub in downtown Amherst, are slated for demolition. GAZETTE FILE PHOTO

Staff Writer
Published: 2/18/2020 2:15:50 PM

AMHERST — Three commercial buildings at the north end of downtown may soon come down after a demolition permit was issued last week. 

Building Commissioner Rob Morra said the permit, issued Feb. 13, means property owner Laird Summerlin of Edisto Island, South Carolina can raze the building that formerly housed The Pub restaurant at 15 East Pleasant St., the Summerlin Building at 11 East Pleasant and the Piper Building at 9 East Pleasant.

Morra said the permit is valid for six months, though it can be extended depending on circumstances.

“Before the buildings can be demolished, all utilities must be disconnected,” Morra said.

Last spring, the Historical Commission voted to allow demolition to proceed and not to intervene by issuing a yearlong delay based on the age of the buildings. The Pub was built in 1968, the Summerlin Building in 1921 and the Piper Building in 1965.

Although tenants have vacated some of the properties, including The Pub, which closed at the end of the year when its lease was not renewed, and Eliana’s Barber Shop, which moved a few hundred yards south around Thanksgiving, others businesses remain open, including Cousins Market and Amherst Nails.

No redevelopment plans have been filed at Town Hall for the site, which is immediately next to the One East Pleasant mixed-use project and a short distance from the Kendrick Place building, which has both apartments and a MassMutual data science office.

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