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EDC Supports 40B Project at the Poor Farm

by Bobby Blair
May 5, 2017

Members of the Economic Development Committee met Thursday morning at town hall and reviewed the upcoming article for town meeting which revises downtown zoning.

Kate Lamontagne attended the meeting which she said would be her last. She cited a hard business climate and her need to attend to her shop.

Peter Conant, a developer from Jamica Plain, explained his plans to build a 40B project (low income housing) on acreage of the town's former "Poor Farm". Conant stated the project would include 16 homes of which 4 would be affordable. The 3 bedroom units will each have a one car garage. Lamontagne asked Conant if the afforable $205,000 units would be built cheaper than the market priced homes. Conant stated the units would be built exactly the same, although buyers for the market rate units may wish to make upgrades. Conant envisions the market rate units to sell for $400,000.

The town's Poor Farm, located at 245 Washington Street across from the East Holliston Cemetery, was purchased in 1892 for the sum of $3,2000. The home which contains three apartments will remain at the site.

 

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