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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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Collaboration Celebrated at Highland Woods Dedication in Williamstown

The spirit of co-operation that helped produce a 40-unit affordable housing complex in at least half the usual time was celebrated at Thursday's dedication of Highland Woods. Elton Ogden, the president and CEO of developer Berkshire Housing Development Corp., said the efforts of community volunteers, state and local officials and non-profit and for-profit businesses helped his group meet an ambitious timeline that saw Highland Woods' opening coincide earlier this year with the final closure o

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Williamstown Housing Trust Looking at Options for Residential Lots

The board of the town's Affordable Housing Trust last week discussed its options for developing a pair of residential building lots it acquired in spring 2015. The trust purchased the properties on Summer Street and Cole Avenue with the intention of developing each into owner-occupied subsidized housing.

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Williamstown's Highland Woods Fully Functional

After a five-month delay caused by a sprinkler system failure, the Highland Woods senior housing project is now fully operational. Elton Ogden of Berkshire Housing Development Corporation on Monday gave the Board of Selectmen an update on the 40-unit apartment at the end of Southworth Street, adjacent to Proprietor's Field.

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Williamstown Planners Define Housing Issue for Consultants

The Planning Board is moving forward on its objective of opening up housing options in the Village Beautiful. Earlier this month, the panel developed a narrative outlining its concerns to submit to two Eastern Massachusetts consultants who hope to work with the town.

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Williamstown's Cole Avenue Housing Developers Hold Forum

The development team looking to build 46 units of affordable housing on Cole Avenue was back at Town Hall on Thursday to talk about how the project has evolved and take input from the community. Once again, they heard specific suggestions about how the 330 Cole Ave. property should be developed as well as concerns about whether it should be used for a subsidized housing project.

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Soldier On Creating Veterans Housing With Citzens Bank Support

Citizens Bank's Community Development Lending Group is providing $10 million in construction financing to Soldier On Inc. for the adaptive reuse of a former policy academy in Agawam into a 51-unit affordable housing development for military veterans.

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Williamstown Housing Committee Shifting Focus

With nearly 100 units of income-sensitive housing in various stages of development in town, the Affordable Housing Committee wants to focus on the broader issue of addressing the town's complete housing needs.

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Highland Woods to Accept First Tenants Tuesday

The town's new senior housing project threw open its doors on Friday to current and former town officials who helped make the project a reality. On Tuesday, it begins welcoming its first crop of residents.

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Williamstown Asked to Rethink Cole Avenue Development

The Affordable Housing Committee was looking for input on a housing development for the former Photech mill site, but much of the feedback on centered on whether the Cole Avenue property should be developed at all. Several residents of the north end neighborhood who attended Tuesday's informational meeting spoke about problems with the site itself and issues with the existing neighborhood that could benefit from an infusion of capital.

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Community Input Sought for Cole Avenue Affordable Housing Site

New conceptual plans have been developed that include the renovation and use of the existing “cube” building, as well as construction of two-story townhouses, creating 46 one-, two- and three-bedroom units for individuals or families of all ages with low or moderate incomes.

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Williamstown Community Preservation Committee Has 10 Applications

Ten projects totaling more than $293,000 will be on the agenda when the Community Preservation Committee holds its first 2016 meeting on Wednesday evening at Town Hall. The money in that $284,000 pot is generated by a combination of state support and r

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Affordable Housing Developers Plan to Reuse Williamstown Mill

"It's part of the history of the town and part of the fabric of the neighborhood and it allows us to create a mix of housing." — Elton Ogden

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North Adams Housing Authority Sells Flood House

"I think it is a much needed program we could use in our area." — Christopher Tremblay

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Williamstown Selectmen Discuss Parking Woes on South Street

"I was jogging one day, and I took my life in my hands to go down South Street to Gale Road." — Elizabeth McGowan

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