Smith College to tear down for new student housing


NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) - Smith College is looking for permission to demolish three buildings at its Northampton campus and build new student housing.

The Daily Hampshire Gazette reports that the college must win permission from the city to demolish the Mason Infirmary, Sunnyside Child Care center and a vacant home.

Spokeswoman Kristen Cole said the college has filed for demolition permits for those buildings and a rental house.

The Historical Commission has scheduled a public hearing to determine if the old day care facility, built in 1886, and the vacant home built in 1887, should be preserved.

Smith already tore down a building and converted the site to green space in a long-term expansion plan.

About a year ago, the college tore down two other buildings following a one-year demolition delay by the Historical Commission.