Former ball field property has new owner

Darrell Cole
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AMHERST – A large piece of real estate on East Pleasant Street is about to change hands.

Holy Family Parish has found a buyer for the land that formerly housed the St. Charles ball field.

“It’s great news for the church because it allows us to put some more money toward the debt we incurred with the construction of our new home,” Father Vernon Driscoll said.

Terms of the deal haven’t been finalized yet.

Russell Scott said he hasn't made a final decision on what he plans to do with the property.

“It’s still in the preliminary stages,” Scott said.

Scott said there’s still quite a bit of work to be done before final details can be announced but he is hoping to something built on the site by the end of 2013.

The church announced in late 2011 that it was selling the three-acre piece of land. It briefly considered using the property for the new Holy Family Parish when it demolished Nativity of Our Lady and merged with St. Charles to create the new parish.

Driscoll said the parish still owes about $300,000 from the capital campaign and is continuing to collect pledges from parishioners and the community. He said a small campaign launched in January netted more than $100,000.

Geographic location: East Pleasant Street, Paradise Avenue, Willow Street Pleasant Village

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