Amherst churches may seek CPA funds for repairs

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Staff Writer
Monday, August 08, 2022

AMHERST — At least two churches in Amherst may be seeking money from the town’s Community Preservation Act account for needed repairs on their properties.

With the annual grant process opening to applications on Sept. 1, the Historical Commission in recent weeks has learned from Planner Ben Breger that funding for renovations at the churches could be requested.

In North Amherst, Breger said he would be meeting with representatives of the Zion Korean Church, 1193 North Pleasant St., about the work its building needs.

The building was previously home to the North Congregational Church, which made a request for CPA money for improvements at the site that was turned down by Town Meeting in 2009.

In South Amherst, the South Congregational Church, 1066 South East St., is looking to replace the bell tower, which is original to the building, Breger said.

Churches have been able to access CPA money in Amherst in the past, including for restoring the stained glass window at the Unitarian Meetinghouse, repairing the steeple at the Jewish Community of Amherst and general fixes at Hope Community Church.

CPA applications will be available on the town website at amherstma.gov/3511/Propose-a-Project. Applications will be accepted through the end of September.