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Building Curiosity & Community on the Foundation of an Industrial Past

Our 2020 Vision: Seeing the Mill District become a part of what makes Amherst, MA one of the best college towns in the world!

Seeking development partners and tenants in the Historic Center of North Amherst, MA.

Serving as the gateway to the hill towns, North Amherst is just 1/2 mile north of UMass. With a traffic count of 25,000 vehicles per day within a 2-block radius, this historic town center is ripe for revitalization and growth.

20,000 SF of dynamic commercial space in North Square

Click here for a detailed description of the project from January 2016

Click here for a historical overview of Cowl’s history

Click here for an economic history of the North Amherst Triangle

Click here for a zoning history of North Amherst Village Center

Over 65,000sf of space now available

The Trolley Barn The first floor of the Trolley Barn is filled! With the exclusive and fabulous Lift Salon on the west half and Jake’s at the Mill on the east.

We have luxury apartments still available and the second floor—two 2000sf units—which could also be leased as commercial spaces—elevator accessible! Click here for information on leasing these luxury apartments.

Several parcels zoned for commercial uses and ready for your business

The Hobart Barn – Grandfathered Zoning for Commercial Use

Current Tenants



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15 hours ago

The Mill District

A Mill District shopping cart filled with Element’s brew and spirits is going to our next charity golf tournament raffle prize !! Wouldn’t it be amazing if we could talk Elements into hosting a tasting lounge in The Mill District ?!! ... See MoreSee Less

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Please do. With outdoor seating!

Element Brewing is hands down one of the best local businesses! They lead with big hearts and great beverages!

Great people behind the brand! Element Brewing is fantastic!

Do it Daniel!!

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2 days ago

The Mill District

Our awesome summer intern, Hannah, is working on her video skills! She's enlisted her younger sister to show us all around the Mill District, and they're having a blast doing it!! Lunch at Atkins for under $10, a sandbox where you won't leave covered in sand, and instagramming at Puffer's?! Follow their adventures as they check out everything going on in North Amherst this summer!! ... See MoreSee Less

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Contact Information

Cinda Jones
Mill District Developer
President, WD Cowls, Inc.

134 Montague Road
PO Box 9677
North Amherst, MA 01059

Hannah Rechtschaffen
Director of Placemaking
WD Cowls, Inc.
134 Montague Road
PO Box 9677
North Amherst, MA 01059

Jennifer Gannett
Director of Community Development
WD Cowls, Inc.
134 Montague Road
PO Box 9677
North Amherst, MA 01059


Pat Kamins
Kamins Real Estate

Sherri Willey
Jones Group Realtors