Former sorority house slated for demolition in Amherst

  • The Chi Omega sorority house at 47 Olympia Drive in Amherst. Photographed on Monday, Dec. 28, 2020. GAZETTE FILE PHOTO

Staff Writer
Monday, January 03, 2022

AMHERST — A former sorority house on Olympia Drive acquired by an Amherst developer a year ago is slated to be demolished sometime in 2022.

47 Olympia Drive LLC, managed by Kyle Wilson and David E. Williams, recently submitted an application to the Planning Department to tear down the brick, split-level building that previously housed the Iota Beta chapter of Chi Omega.

The demolition of the 1971 building, purchased for $1.5 million in December 2020 by the company with corporate offices at 37 South Pleasant St., will be the subject of a hearing by the Historical Commission, under the town’s demolition delay bylaw, Jan. 12 at 6:30 p.m.

The application states that Associated Building Wreckers of Springfield will handle the demolition work if approved by the commission. The application notes that “site to be redeveloped” and “redevelopment to be similar to 57 Olympia Drive on adjacent property.”

That project, the 75-unit, 236-bed apartment building called Olympia Place opened in September 2016, was developed by Archipelago Investments, LLC, whose principals are also Wilson and Williams. Apartments in Olympia Place are reserved for area college students.

Archipelago has developed several other projects in Amherst, including the completed mixed-use buildings Boltwood Place, Kendrick Place and One East Pleasant.

The former sorority house, set between Olympia Place and the University of Massachusetts-owned Mather Building, was one of 12 building sites on Olympia Drive that were intended to be developed by Fraternity-Sorority Park, Inc. in the late 1960s.

Scott Merzbach can be reached at smerzbach@gazettenet.com.