19th-century Amherst home cleared for mile-long move

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AMHERST, Mass. (AP) – Authorities paved the way for a 19th-century house in Amherst, Massachusetts to be moved intact to a new site about a mile.

The two-story building owned by Amherst College will be moved to vacant lot after the Historic Commission gave unanimous approval last month to lift a one-year demolition deadline put in place last May, the Daily reported. Hampshire Gazette.

Mark Andrews, director of capital projects at the college, said the move was coordinated by Amherst developer Barry Roberts, who owns the new land and neighboring property on which a mixed-use building with apartments and a medical practice on the ground floor is in progress. developed.

Roberts said he is working with the state Department of Transportation to plan the day and time the house will be moved up the hill on Route 9 and past the Amherst College athletic fields.

Known as the Martha S. Hubbard House, the 1,575 square foot (145 square meters) building is a Greek Revival-style single-family home built in 1862. Roberts has stated that it will remain a single-family home once it is completed. he arrives at the new one site.

The building is sold by the college to allow the development of a neighboring property.

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