AMHERST — Work will begin next year on a $1.8 million renovation of the nearly 1-acre North Common adjacent to Town Hall with half the costs being paid by a federal grant.

The project has been on the drawing board about a decade and completion is expected in the summer of 2024.

“This is an outstanding award to the town made possible by the hard work of our town staff in seeking grants that help fund projects that are important to the town’s revitalization,” said Town Council president Lynn Griesemer.

The balances of the costs are expected to be paid via the town’s Community Preservation Act fund.

The work includes new walkways, improved lighting, tables and chairs, outdoor performance space, planting of new shade trees, rain gardens/storm water infiltration areas, public art, and a plaza in front of Town Hall.

“The design will honor the history of the North Common while creating a beautiful and accessible space for the entire community,” David Ziomek, assistant town manager, said in a statement.

Gabrielle Gould, executive director of the Amherst Business Improvement District, said that a renovated North Common will serve as “a stunning center” in downtown Amherst.

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