WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Affordable Housing Committee on Wednesday heard that mid-January would be the earliest deadline it could set for proposals to build on a pair of town-owned lots.
The committee met with Connie Kruger and Jennifer Goldson, the consultants it hired to help the panel draft requests for proposals (RFPs) to develop the former Town Garage site on Water Street and the former PhoTech mill property on Cole Avenue.
Kruger explained that because of the commonwealth's regulations under the Uniform Procurement Act (Chapter 30B), the RFPs would need to be posted for at least 30 days on the state's Central Register.
If the committee meets its ambitious schedule to have an RFP (or RFPs — one for each site) drafted by the beginning of December, the soonest it would appear in the Central Register would be Dec. 18, Kruger said.
Committee Chairwoman Catherine Yamamoto asked Kruger whether it should be concerned that the timing of the advertisement would affect the number and quality of bids received. At least a quarter of the proposed advertising period would fall between the Christmas and New Year's holidays.
"If you want to make the time period longer, that's your choice," Kruger told the committee. "You had us on an aggressive time table, and we tried to honor it."
Committee member Bilal Ansari, who frequently complains about the pace of the town's efforts to address its affordable housing needs, had a ready answer.
"Keep it aggressive," Ansari said.
Kruger and Goldson plan to have a draft of the RFP or RFPs ready for the committee by Nov. 15. In the meantime, the committee plans to convene to discuss elements it wants included in the documents.