Mill District (Cowls Lumber Yard Study)

Amherst, Massachusetts

Project Description

  • This study explored options for mixed-use residential and commercial infill at the former Cowls Lumber Yard in North Amherst Village Center.
  • The study reviewed what current and proposed zoning ordinances would allow as a means to present options at Town Meeting.
  • The design is a mix of first floor commercial buildings with residential units above as well as townhome buildings.
  • Parking is distributed evenly and kept off of the main streets with the exception of a few parallel parking spaces.
  • The design is meant to be pedestrian friendly and needed to incorporate both the density of a village center while also being reflective of adjacent single family the east and a commercial district to the west.
  • The first mixed use residential –commercial building, The Trolley Barn is currently under construction and expected to be complete in the summer of 2014.

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