North 116 Flats to be completed in one year

  • The site of North 116 Flats housing development at 653 Amherst Road in Sunderland. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

Staff Writer
Published: 7/11/2019 5:24:08 PM
Modified: 7/11/2019 5:23:58 PM

SUNDERLAND — Buildings are being framed at 653 Amherst Road and those involved with the 150-unit housing project expect work to be completed in a year.

Ground was broken on North 116 Flats about four months ago and the idea is to cater to students of the nearby University of Massachusetts Amherst as well as locals. Thirty-eight units, or 25 percent of the five-building development, will be designated as affordable housing. The remainder will be market rate, according to Michael Charles, a principal of project manager Benchmark Development, of Great Barrington.

The apartment complex, fenced off during construction, is behind the Maple Ridge Church and Community Center.

Charles previously said the roughly 18-acre property will consist of two clusters of buildings – one made up of two three-story residential buildings and a one-story, roughly 4,000-square-foot clubhouse, and one that consists of three of the three-story residential buildings. He has said each of the residential buildings will hold 30 apartments and the clubhouse will be a common space, with a fitness center. The apartments will be equipped with in-unit washers and dryers. Charles mentioned the five residential buildings will have “a New England look,” with architectural asphalt shingles and cultured stone.

Charles said he and Brian Cohan, the other principal at Benchmark Development, have been handling all permitting and community relations. The project was formerly known as Sugarbush Meadows.

The development was designed by Stuart I. Roosth Architect. Western Builders of Granby is constructing the project. Fountain Residential Partners and HC2 Capital has teamed up as joint venture equity partners to develop the housing complex. Stuart I. Roosth Architect, Fountain Residential Partners and HC2 Capital are based in Dallas, Texas.

“Things are going well,” said Trevor Tollett, vice president of Fountain Residential Partners. “It’s going to be great. It’s going to be beautiful.”

He referred to UMass Amherst as a “big economic engine” and said Sunderland has “a severe lack of newly constructed, fully-amenitized rental housing.”

Reach Domenic Poli at: or 413-772-0261, ext. 262.

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