Amherst Town Board Approves $50 Million Student Housing Project

May 18, 2918
This rendering shows what the Hub at Amherst, a 154-unit student housing complex planned for North Forest Road near Bryant Woods South. The Amherst Town Board on Wednesday, May 16, 2018, approved the project one year after rejecting it. (Image courtesy Core Campus)
The Amherst Town Board on Wednesday, May 16, 2018, approved this project one year after rejecting it.

One year after it rejected a student housing complex, the Amherst Town Board this week reconsidered and approved the contentious $50 million project.

The board on Wednesday lifted the deed restrictions and issued the special-use permit allowing Core Campus to build the 154-unit, four-story building on 6.4 acres on North Forest Road near Bryant Woods South. Core Campus is a major developer of student housing across the country but this is its first local project.

The Town Board last July voted down the development after tenants of the nearby Bryant Woods Office Park raised concerns about student misconduct and traffic safety. Core Campus sued the town in August, and a State Supreme Court justice in March ruled in the developer’s favor.
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One Response to “Amherst Town Board Approves $50 Million Student Housing Project”

  1. Bobby says:

    It is understandable why there were multiple objections to this development, at this location. There were deed restrictions placed on it for reasons. Proving again that deed restrictions are meaningless, easily circumvented by a corrupted system.

    Kulpa says we need more student housing. Says who? One of Amherst’s preeminent purveyors of BS? Has Kulpa not heard the people at the neighborhood listening forums saying no more apartments, student or otherwise? Has Kulpa not driven down Sweet Home? If the situation is as dire as the town BS purveyors allege, why is UB not building more housing on their campus?

    Take a look at the drawing of this building. It appears it is being built to maximize return on investment with no regard for community or aesthetics, guaranteed to reduce it and the surrounding area to a slum before self-destructing within 15 years.

    Shame on anyone approving such shoddy, commercial development anyplace in Amherst. It is becoming all too common . Will the Amherst power brokers ever see the light or are they blinded by BS and money?