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Williamstown Zoning Board OKs Habitat for Humanity Project

Northern Berkshire Habitat for Humanity requested a comprehensive permit for the development of the adjacent lots at the corner of Cole Avenue and Maple Street.

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Clarksburg, Williamstown Awarded State Housing Grants

The private water district was taken over last year by the town because of the cooperative's difficulty in finding trustees and addressing the significant infrastructure upgrades required for the more than 30-year-old district.

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Housing, Economy Discussed In First Housing Summit

Housing on upper floors of downtown buildings was forbidden for years. Even if a developer wanted to build apartments or condominiums it couldn't. But a handful of years ago, the city changed that. It created a zoning overlay district to broaden the scope of what could be developed.

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Habitat for Humanity Aims to Break Ground on Williamstown Project in Spring

Habitat for Humanity, which was chosen by the town's Affordable Housing Trust to build two single-family homes at the corner of Cole Avenue and Maple Street, is looking for help from a local resident or business.

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Habitat's Long-awaited Condo Project Hits Permitting Snag

Habitat for Humanity's long-awaited Gordon Deming condominium project will continue to be long-awaited. Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity is now thinking it will be unlikely to break ground on the $1.1 million project this fall as it works through the permitting process. The project was heralded by city and state officials when Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, who awarded a $425,000 grant toward it last November but lining up permitting had proven to be a challenge.

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Old Debates Rehashed as Williamstown Planners Try to Focus on Future

The Planning Board on Tuesday held its second meeting since May's town election and the town meeting at which the prior board had hoped to bring an ambitious proposal to revamp the town's zoning bylaws before voters.

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BRPC: State's Housing Choice Program No Good For Berkshires

Gov. Charlie Baker is looking to curb a housing crisis in the Boston metro area through his Housing Choice Initiative. But the program will be used little, if at all, in the Berkshires where the issue isn't so much the need for new housing but for rehabilitation of housing. But, this area does rely heavily on such programs as MassWorks, PARC, and MassDOT's capital and complete streets and language in the Housing Choice Initiative puts the Berkshires at a disadvantage for those.

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Lt. Gov. Polito Delivers $425K For Habitat For Humanity Condo Project

Eight years ago Berkshire Gas donated a parcel of land on Deming Street to Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity. The non-profit worked with White Engineering to design a condominium project featuring three buildings, with two units in each.

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Williamstown Housing Trust Approves Habitat for Humanity Proposal

The trust voted, 7-0, to authorize a purchase-and-sales agreement with Northern Berkshire Habitat for Humanity, the only respondent to the request for proposal the trustees issued on lots it purchased on Summer Street and at the corner of Cole Avenue and Maple Street.

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Coalition Forum Focuses on Housing Insecurity in North County

According to slides presented that were based on data from Berkshire County Regional Housing Authority, for example, 33 percent of people in Berkshire County are renters; that number jumps to 48 percent in North Adams and 41 percent in Adams, while Williamstown numbers match the county average.

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Williamstown Donates Cole Avenue Site for Affordable Housing

The Board of Selectmen on Monday decided to donate the town-owned property at 330 Cole Ave. to the developer vying to build 46 units of affordable housing at the site.

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Williamstown Community Preservation Committee Copes With Declining State Match

The Community Preservation Committee on Wednesday took its first look at the 2017 applicants for CPA funds and returned to the familiar ground of discussing how conservative the committee should be in allocating those funds.

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Williamstown Selectmen Mull Donation of Photech Land to Housing Developer

The Board of Selectmen last week heard a request to essentially waive the anticipated purchase price of the property at 330 Cole Ave., in order to facilitate the creation of affordable housing there. In 2014, the board selected a partnership of Pittsfield's Berkshire Housing and Boston's Women's Institute for Housing and Economic Development to build 46 units on the 5-acre site.

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Williamstown ZBA OKs Photech Development, Hears Hotel Pitch

The 46-unit affordable housing project on Cole Avenue cleared its final regulatory hurdle Thursday, but not until after a longtime advocate of the adjacent Mill Street neighborhood made a last-ditch effort to get the town to reconsider the development.

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Williamstown Conservation Commission OKs Cole Avenue Project

The effort to create 46 units of subsidized housing on a town-owned site cleared an important regulatory hurdle on Thursday night. But it likely will be a couple of years before any shovels go in the ground. The Conservation Commission has approved the development plan for the former Photech mill property at 330 Cole Ave.

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