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Steve Primiano is worried about the schools.
More specifically, the Barrington Town Council member is concerned about how Barrington’s public schools will be impacted by the new Palmer Pointe affordable housing project if the town decides to extend the development a significant tax break.
More than 10 years ago, a prior town council offered a tax abatement to the East Bay Community Development Corporation when it built the Sweetbriar affordable housing project in West Barrington. That development featured 51 rental units and brought dozens of new students to Barrington’s public schools.
Now, EBCDC is on the verge of beginning construction on the Palmer Pointe affordable housing project on Sowams Road. School officials have estimated that the development will bring more than 30 additional students to Barrington schools.
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U.S. Congressman David Cicilline said it will strengthen the community. He said it will make Barrington better. And he said it will be crucial for social cohesion in this town.
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BY TIM RIEL
The town has purchased property on Carr Lane to increase its stock of affordable housing while preserving the reservoir’s watershed.
The lot at 91 Carr Lane was purchased from Jim and Lisa Rafferty for $450,000. During a June 18 executive session, the town councilors authorized Town Administrator Andy Nota to make the deal, which has been in negotiations since November. The property was assessed for $550,000 in 2015.
“It’s signed, sealed and delivered,” said Lisa Bryer, town planner.
Following the deal, which was finalized three days after council approval, the town has wasted no time moving the project forward. The planning commission last week approved a request to subdivide the parcel, which is nearly 7 acres with an existing house and garage.
The front 1.4 acres, where the structures are, would be used for affordable housing, Bryer said. The town expects to sell that section to Church Community Housing Corporation, a nonprofit agency that secures housing for Newport County residents with low and moderate incomes.
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Bill Bentley is helping people, and he is helping the town.
The administrator the Spencer Trust has, for the last seven months, been helping people locate the services and finances to improve their lives. For some people, it’s a no-interest loan for home improvements. For others, it’s a grant to build a new walkway in their yard.
Mr. Bentley has also accessed some of the $400,000 allocated from the Spencer Trust account to the town’s housing board. The money is dedicated to creating more affordable houses in Barrington through a renovation program – the town will help improve a resident’s home in exchange for the resident deed-restricting the property “affordable.”
“They like the idea – they almost feel like they’re contributing to the town, because “I’m making my house affordable so someone else can live in town,’” said Mr. Bentley. “It’s very interesting to see that loyalty to the town.”
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By Matt Sheley | Staff writer Feb 20, 2018
MIDDLETOWN, R.I. — It’s not a question of if more affordable housing for seniors is coming to Middletown, but when.
That is the message from Town Council President Robert Sylvia, who said it is time for the community to do more to help its elderly population.
“I know that we all feel that way,” Sylvia said. “It’s going to happen and it will come to fruition. We haven’t decided where and when, but it’s a lock.”
At a recent meeting, the council was briefed by Rhode Island Housing CEO Barbara Fields about the different opportunities available to the community, should it opt to pursue such a project.
While no decisions were made, the council targeted the former Berkeley-Peckham School building on Green End Avenue, next door to the town’s senior center, as the most viable option.
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By ANDREW PEZZELLI | Contributing Writer
SOUTH KINGSTOWN -- The Town of South Kingstown has begun an effort to ensure that everyone n the community has the opportunity to live in the types of homes that best suit their needs. The "Home Style SK" initiative, which requires community engagement, will help the town determine exactly what its housing needs are.
In January of 2018, the town's Planning Board and Affordable Housing Collaborative (AHC) expressed interest in using funding from the town's Affordable Housing Trust Fund to obtain consultant services to update and modernize the zoning ordinance with regard to inclusionary zoning and multi-household development.
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