Work begins on 4-story, mixed-use apartment building in Amherst

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Staff Writer
Published: 1/21/2021 1:54:49 PM

AMHERST — An Amherst development team is beginning to prepare a Route 9 site near the Hadley town line for a mixed-use project after acquiring two properties for $2.45 million.

With several trees and underbrush removed from 348 Northampton Road, at the intersection with University Drive and across from Ginger Garden restaurant, work is underway on the project that will feature a 4-story building with 72 apartments on the upper floors and an ophthalmologist practice on the ground floor.

The project, known as One University Drive South, is being undertaken by UDrive South LLC, managed by Barry Roberts and J. Curtis Shumway.

The 13,120-square-foot building would include entirely studio and one-bedroom apartments, nine of which would be affordable, and 4,710 square feet of commercial space.

A rental home on the properties, previously owned by Janyce Wziontka of Pompano Beach, Florida, has not yet been removed.

Town Manager Paul Bockelman said the Town Council in June unanimously authorized use of the town right of way so the project could commence. The use of the right of way will allow eight metered parallel on-street spaces along what is known as University Drive South, and 12 off-street parking spaces in the dead end off that road that will be regulated for visitors.

In addition, the Town Council approved a plan for the University Drive extension and Snell Street, as well as the entrance and exit to the new building, to join together at a new roundabout. Bockelman said the Department of Public Works will be involved in its construction.

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