The Block Island Times: Council expands employee housing proposal
After its initial housing proposal was met with criticism from some members of the public, the New Shoreham Town Council went back to the drawing board and is now proposing that the 2.5-acre Thomas property be used for a community housing campus consisting of two separate dwellings that would house a total of seven town employees. The estimated cost for the project is about $1.5 million.
The new proposal, which was made by Councilor Sven Risom, comes a few weeks after Town Manager Ed Roberge proposed several options for town employee housing, including the purchase of an existing market-ready residential property for $1.125 million.
The Town Community Housing project that was proposed at a special Town Council work session on April 11 would involve renovations of the Thomas property at a cost of about $500,000 to create a building with six rental rooms and six bathrooms. Those rooms would accommodate police officers, and staff from the Block Island Medical Center and Block Island School.
Courtesy of The Block Island Times