Steve Bloom - Chair
Maurianne Adams - Vice Chair
Bill Gillen, Architect
Phil Shaver, Historical Society
The Formation of the Committee
In June 2012, despite great neighborhood outcry, a century-old barn on Lincoln Avenue with ties to the poet Robert frost was demolished. The Amherst Historical Commission urged the neighborhood to pursue a Local Historic District. In November of that year a group of citizens made a proposal for a study committee to the Historical Commission, who later proposed the creation of the Committee to the Select Board. On April 22, 2013 the Select Board voted unanimously to establish the Lincoln-Sunset Local Historic District Study Committee.
“As chair of the Amherst Historical Commission, I speak for the commission when I say that we are wholeheartedly behind the formation of a study committee… Neighborhood support is overwhelming, and they are highly deserving of this designation.”
Michael Hanke, chair of the Amherst Historical Commission (2013)
Over the course of the next two years, the committee researched and documented well over two hundred properties, creating a database that will soon be available to the public.
The Committee held two public hearings, one on May 26, 2016 and the other on March 16, 2017. After receiving support from the Massachusetts Historical Commission in December, 2016, the Study Committee presented in front of the Select Board, the Planning Board, the Historical Commission and the Finance Committee, who all gave their support.
In the hopes of preserving and protecting the historic structures and neighborhood which makes Amherst a unique and desirable place to live and visit, the Study Committee recommends to the Town Meeting the creation of the North Prospect-Lincoln-Sunset Local Historic District.