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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 JOSH BICKFORD | firstname.lastname@example.org
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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Three new buildings, including six apartment units, will be built at the Sweetbriar affordable housing development on Washington Road this summer.
East Bay Community Development Corporation Executive Director Diane Mederos said construction was expected to start soon at Sweebriar.
“We’re really excited,” she said. “It’s finally going to happen.”
Ms. Mederos said construction at the new Palmer Pointe affordable housing development is also expected to start soon. She said officials are just finishing up the paperwork and are hoping to break ground this summer.
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“It’s an idea whose time has come.”
That’s what Tony Pappas said about the four one-bedroom affordable rental apartments that will be built at the Harbor Church for a price tag of about $450,000 and be ready for occupancy in January of 2019. Pappas spoke with The Block Island Times about the project, his brainchild, after a public hearing before the Zoning Board of Review on Tuesday night.
In order for the apartments to qualify as affordable housing they must be granted a special use permit under the affordable housing provisions of the town’s section 405 Zoning Ordinance. Pappas submitted his application for a special use permit to the Zoning Board on Nov. 15.
“The good news is that no one has voiced any negativity about this project,” said Pappas, who noted that the goal was “to help stabilize affordable rental housing for the year-round community.” Pappas said the project’s $450,000 budget is being funded by donations and grants, including a $100,000 loan from the Roosa Fund of Block Island Ecumenical Ministries, a $150,000 grant, and two private donations.
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Two projects sailed easily through the Conservation Commission at its most recent meeting.
The first request came from Alexander and Karen Taylor of Plat 15, Lot 30-1, who wished to raise the height of an existing barn from 24 to 28 feet. The proposal requires a Special Use Permit and a variance to sections of the zoning regulations (Chapter 4, section 113) for the expansion of a single family dwelling on a lot with two single family dwellings. The project was continued from the Commission’s previous meeting, when Chair Ned Phillips, Jr. called for waiting until neighbors had been notified about the project.
Attorney Joseph Priestley was on hand to represent the Taylors. He showed blueprints of the property, pointing out the house, a cottage, and two residential accessory structures, including the barn. Priestley said there would be no changes to the footprint of the buildings, and that the only change was the increased height of the barn.
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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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