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Jamestown Press: Council Oks $25.5M 2019-20 budget

Voters will determine the fate of a $25.49 million budget for fiscal year 2019-20 after the town council unanimously adopted the spending plan Monday.

Jamestown Press: Town loans $510K to help build three affordable homes at 91 Carr Lane

The town councilors Monday night approved a $510,000 loan for Church Community Housing Corporation, which will allow the nonprofit agency to develop affordable housing on Carr Lane without being subject to high-interest rates.

Jamestown Press: Carr Lane affordable housing advances

The town is in the midst of negotiating a purchase-and-sale agreement that would set aside 1.3 acres on Carr Lane for affordable housing.

The Jamestown Press: Town buys lot for open space, low-cost homes

The town has purchased property on Carr Lane to increase its stock of affordable housing while preserving the reservoir’s watershed.

ProJo: R.I.’s median house price rises by 10 percent in first quarter

Rhode Island was ranked as one of the country’s least affordable housing markets in March, while in the first quarter of 2018, the state’s median house price jumped by 10 percent, rising to $252,250. “Though Rhode Island’s housing market has not yet hit the peak reached before the housing downturn, strong price gains are affecting affordability, particularly among first-time home buyers,” the Rhode Island Association of Realtors said in its first-quarter market report, released Wednesday.

ProJo: R.I. allowance for ‘in-law’ units is little known

They’re sometimes known as “in-law apartments” or “granny flats.” But Rhode Island law gives them a more formal name: accessory dwelling units. On Jan. 1, 2017, a change in state law went into effect, allowing owner-occupants of single-family homes to build these units by right for senior relatives ages 62 or older. Previously they were allowed by right only for disabled family members. Since the law changed, some residents have made inquiries about accessory dwelling units, according to local building and zoning officials. But only a small number have apparently gone ahead with plans to build them.

ProJo: R.I. real estate: 2017 — a really hot market

House sales increased in Rhode Island for the fifth consecutive year in 2017, creating a “hot” market despite falling inventory, according to the Rhode Island Association of Realtors.

The Jamestown Press: Town eyes purchase of Carr Lane parcel

The town wants to purchase private property off North Main Road that would provide affordable housing while preserving the watershed of the main reservoir.

East Greenwich Pendulum: Towns lose thousands in expected grants

Several Rhode Island towns are facing negative impacts after being notified in late July that many of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) applications for local programs and agencies will not receive the funding they typically see. Locally, six social services programs applied for a total of $136,702 to fund several projects in the area, and after the meeting in late July, East Greenwich, along with many other towns across the state, were notified that none of their applications from the Plan Year 2016 will receive funding.

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