The Valley Breeze: Affordable housing district nixed for the time being
PAWTUCKET - Facing overwhelming opposition to a plan to boost affordable housing in the area of a coming new commuter rail station, the City Council last week postponed action on the initiative indefinitely.
Of particular concern to a number of residents within the proposed incentive zone, where developers would be rewarded for developing affordable housing, were the ideas that this area is already overcrowded and that adding affordable housing would diminish home values.
Councilor Terry Mercer, who headed up a number of committee meetings in crafting the proposed Neighborhood Overlay Stabilization District over the past few months, said he and others thought this would work for the neighborhood, and moving forward with it was following the lead of district councilors Meghan Kallman and Tim Rudd.
Courtesy of The Valley Breeze