AMHERST - Concerns over the structural safety of a historic downtown building have led the town to barricade a portion of the sidewalk on Victoria and LaPlanche Streets.
Historic downtown building unsafe
Portion of sidewalk closed for fear of falling stone
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- - February 25, 2010 at 00:46:12
This Historic building needs to be recognized and saved,there is something great about that old stone building that belongs to Amherst itself.Most of the building looks intact. I was born in Amherst and will be deeply disappointed with many others, if this structure is taken down.It will be a reckless decision if this project fails. It looks like our historical downtown buildings are going to disappear one by one. The current museum is chock-full of more than enough fascinating artifacts to fill up another building. Also, a downtown museum would be another tourist attraction to the Main Street area.
- - February 25, 2010 at 00:46:03
I'm with you 2 cents,
It's been vacant for that long, which means it is probably degraded more than can be seen.As nice as the old buildings are, If it is run down and vacant it does nothing to help the town, so let's move toward the future. Or if it is to be saved, let the heritage group buy it and restore it and they can turn it into a museum.
- think long term
- - February 25, 2010 at 00:45:43
Amherst needs to capitalize on its downtown heritage. Charge the current absentee owner for the cost of the repairs.
You need to give tourists a reason to stop downtown and empty buildings have a negative economic effect on other businesses in the downtown area.
I always thought it would be great to offer downtown heritage tours of the great buildings in Amherst. Amherst has more than enough great stories to make it a worthwhile activity.
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- - February 25, 2010 at 00:45:23
It has been vacant for almost a decade!
Build a new modern building that will attract tenants (businesses). I am sure there is a reason why it has been vacant for so long, no one wants their business in it.
As things get old, you get new things. Lets stir up some economic development here and stop looking backward all the time.