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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.