Kristin Palpini Hale
Published on August 21, 2014
The study examined the existing conditions of the corridor, as well as nearby municipal and campus streets, and the potential impact of development that could include 290 residential units, 159,290 square feet of retail space, 47,970 square feet of office space and a 100-room hotel. VHB makes three recommendations in its report. Two of these recommendations, creating a new east-west connector road between Lincoln Avenue and North Pleasant Street south of Massachusetts Avenue and a pedestrian corridor along Phillips Street, through the redeveloped Lincoln Apartments and along an extension of Sunset Court from McClure Street to Lincoln Avenue, are already planned by UMass as part of its campus master plan. The third recommendation is to adjust the signal timing by eight seconds at the intersection of Triangle and East Pleasant streets, coincidentally the same location where Kendrick Place is under construction.