The construction of 41 units of affordable housing at the former Photech mill site is well underway, and completion is anticipated next June, according to the head of Berkshire Housing Developoment Corp.
More than six years after the Select Board narrowly awarded development rights for the former Photech mill property to Berkshire Housing Development Corp., the town has formally transferred the property to the Pittsfield nonprofit.
As early as Monday, the board of the Affordable Housing Trust could be ready to move forward with a plan to fund a rental assistance program for residents struggling to pay their bills due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The vote was 3-2 with Chairman David Rhinemiller, Dave Krzeminski and Lisa Gazaille in favor and Sandra Moderski and Michael Mach against. The matter will now get passed to the Board of Selectmen to be put on a warrant article which will then be taken up at Town Meeting.
On Monday, the Select Board heard from the president and CEO of Berkshire Housing Development Corp., who said the Pittsfield-based non-profit was close to finalizing funding for the $16 million project that will create 41 units of affordable housing.
The 40R Smart Growth Overlay District would target certain areas for redevelopment into market rate and affordable housing with potential for commercial clients as well. However, the proposed adoption of the state measure created opposition among residents who fear it will negatively impact the town's character and open the door to low-income housing.
Eighty-six percent of voters at town meeting Tuesday approved an unamended version of the zoning bylaw amendment crafted by the Planning Board to allow construction of new accessory dwelling units in town.
Even accounting for the town's continuing obligation to make payments toward a $1.5 million commitment to the Cable Mills project — a commitment that falls under all three CPA designations — the town still projects $533,318 in available funds for the fiscal 2020 funding cycle.