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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.