(BOSTON, MA)— Representative Michael Costello of Newburyport today joined the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) and local leaders for a walking tour of Amesbury’s Main and Elm Streets, from the Transportation Center to the Lower Millyard, as a means of exploring the cultural potential of the future home of the Amesbury Carriage Alliance (ACA). Rep. Costello was joined by Mayor Thatcher W. Kezer III of Amesbury, MCC Executive Director Anita Walker, ACA Chair Matthew Sherrill, and other local leaders.
“This project will help preserve an important part of Amesbury’s cultural history while creating a new cultural attraction and new artists space in downtown Amesbury,” said Representative Costello. “It is another important piece of redeveloping the Lower Millyard. I look forward to working with the Amesbury Carriage Alliance and the Massachusetts Cultural Council to see the project through to its completion.”
The ACA is in the process of restoring one of the last remaining Biddle & Smart buildings built in the late 1800’s for the purpose of creating a carriage museum and artist lofts in Amesbury. Also, part of the vision for the building is to have the official visitor center in the newly developed Lower Millyard as well as the Chamber of Commerce office. The Amesbury Carriage museum will display its full collection of carriages including the Park Phaeton Bow top Surry made by Bird & Schofield, and the Concord Buggy made by T.W. Lane. On the third floor of the building will be lofts with room for up to 10 different artists.
“The ACA is working in unison with the City of Amesbury, to plan the fundraising efforts that will need to take place. We look forward to working with the Rep. Costello and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the MCC, the City of Amesbury and private investors to make this important vision a reality,” said Matthew Sherill, President of the Amesbury Carriage Alliance.