UMassFive Credit Union to build new flagship branch in Amherst

Published: 5/7/2022 10:49:19 PM

AMHERST — A new building for the UMassFive Credit Union is becoming prepared for two parcels on Northampton Highway, continuing a redevelopment development on the south side of the divided point out highway.

The venture would be found on the homes at 398 and 406 Northampton Street, which at the moment have two mend garages for Zbylut Motor Performs, constructed above the past 15 or so a long time, and a solitary-household rental house that dates to close to 1900, in accordance to city residence data.

Craig Boivin, vice president of marketing for UMassFive, wrote in an email that the flagship branch will be relocated to the new house, maybe in late 2023 or early 2024.

“Our management team feels that it is of the utmost great importance to have our flagship branch in a much more obvious locale on Route 9 to further more the recognition of the credit score union in our community group, and provide us a billboard existence for all newcomers who be part of our local community at the commence of just about every semester,” Boivin wrote.

A discover of intent hearing relevant to potential impacts on wetlands on the homes will be the subject of a hearing ahead of the Conservation Fee May perhaps 11 at 7:30 p.m. Berkshire Layout Group of Northampton is handling that factor of the undertaking.

Razing of the home will go to the Historical Commission May possibly 18 at 6:30 p.m. The commission oversees proposed removals of properties that are far more than 50 decades old beneath the demolition hold off bylaw.

The designs on file with the town’s Scheduling Division exhibit that the two parcels will be combined into a unified 1.43-acre good deal, with the existing buildings to be demolished to make way for the 10,608-sq.-foot developing bank, developed by Kuhn Riddle Architects of Amherst.

Options depict a two-tale constructing with a important sum of glass and a flat roof. The building’s footprint is about 6,000 square feet. 

At the new setting up, to be open up to the public Mondays by Saturdays, there would be 15 staff, three interactive teller devices, as well as 34 parking areas and two bicycle racks.

UMassFive  is at present found less than a mile away in Hadley at 200 Westgate Center Generate, wherever it opened in a two-story, 18,000-sq.-foot developing in 2001, just after beforehand leasing place at the Newmarket Middle on University Generate for 14 decades.

After the new web page is comprehensive, the present-day setting up will be converted into UMassFive headquarters, no extended getting a retail banking part, Boivin explained.

The venture web-site is situated involving Hawkins Meadow Apartments to the east and Aspen Heights Apartments to the west. Aspen Heights, which opened in August 2021, changed the Amherst Motel.

On the east facet of Hawkins Meadow, construction on a new combined-use growth, featuring apartments on the upper levels and a doctor’s workplace on the floor amount, is continuing.

Scott Merzbach can be attained at [email protected].

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