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Selectmen Ponder Affordable Housing

by Bobby Blair
March 8, 2019

Selectmen Monday night heard from Warren Chamberlain who is a member of the planning board, far right, at end, Mary Greendale, right, in the middle who is a town assessor, and Bob Malone who serves on the town's housing authority. Selectman Mark Ahronian asked the trio to be present for a discussion on affordable housing. The discussion centered on senior residents of the empty nest or widower type who wished to downsize but can find nothing in town that is affordable. The trio agreed that many of the new type housing being built for those over 55 years of age were attracting folks from wealthier communities whereby those homeowners had sold their houses for a million plus dollars. Those newly built over 55 years of age units are selling in the 500k--600k range making them unaffordable for local town residents who typically sell their homes in the 350-450k range. Selectmen agreed to form an Affordable Housing Committee. No details of the new committee were available.

Selectmen also heard an update on the community farm from Chairperson Kris Westland. Westland stated that a new septic system has been added to the farm''s house and that animals will soon be added to the property in a pilot program. The small barn on the property has been renovated and the greenhouse will be put to use for a class on planting spring veggies a cooperative effort with the town's parks and rec department. Selectmen then appointed Dennis Prefontaine to the Farm Advisory Committee.

 

 

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Comments (4)

I think you could look at a tax deduction for people that have lived here for at least 20 years and is 70 plus we could stay in our own homes. As it is right now if you outlive your retirement money you cannot afford the house taxes.

- Carolyn Brumber | 3/13/19 4:45 PM

We have plenty of affordable housing up here at Cutler Heights. I don't think we need more

- Stan Coffin | 3/11/19 8:58 PM

I want to thank the board of selectman for starting a path for affordable housing. I have lived here since 1962 and would like to stay here in Holliston . Being 84 years old now, I have given much thought to where I go to live next.

Warren

- warren Legee | 3/9/19 10:01 AM

It is about time that someone realized that "Over 55" did not include long term Holllistonites.

- Henry Dellicker | 3/8/19 9:07 AM

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