This site details the work of the Amherst Municipal Affordable Housing Trust to develop affordable housing at the former East Street School site at 31 East Street in Amherst.
On May 16, 2018, Amherst's Town Meeting approved the transfer of control of the East Street School located at 31 South East Street from the School Committee to the Select Board and authorized the Select Board to convey the property to the Amherst Municipal Affordable Housing Trust. Town Meeting designated that the site was to be used for affordable housing purposes provided that at least twenty-five percent (25%) of the units developed on the property shall be affordable in perpetuity for those earning no more than eighty percent (80%) of the area median income. Town Meeting authorized the Select Board to accept, on behalf of the Town, an affordable housing restriction on the affordable units, which may be held in common with the AMAHT. With the dissolution of Town Meeting, the Amherst Town Council has become responsible for the approval of the disposition of the property.
The Amherst Affordable Housing Trust has drafted an RFP for the project which has been reviewed by the Town Manager, Town Procurement Officer, and Town Attorney and referred to the Town Council. Town Council must 1) approve the transfer of the land at the East Street School site and 2) authorize the Town Manager to execute the RFP process.