The Board of Selectmen did two things last night related to affordable housing.
First the selectmen heard a report from the Senior Housing Study Committee about its seeking to have the town donate the nine acre Hinkley land next to The Center for the purpose of building 5-6 moderately priced ranch houses per acre there. About half of the Hinkley land is wetlands, so that could amount to about 25 homes. The committee said it would put its slides online.
Second, the selectmen hired the Community Opportunities Group as our consultant to assist the town with planning and executing the town’s affordable housing strategy. We hired the Community Opportunities Group for its $38,000 bid amount. Community Opportunities Group submitted the only response to the town’s RFP, with a not to exceed $40,000 limit. Community Opportunities Group assisted the town in preparation of the Housing Production Plan that we approved last fall, and Assistant Town Administrator, Kristine Trierweiler, stated that she was more than satisfied with its past work for the town. Click this link to see its proposal – 20170117-community-opportunities-group-inc-proposal