Great Barrington Community Preservation Committee to Review Funding

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GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The town's Community Preservation Committee will host a virtual meeting on Tuesday, May 24 at 6:30 p.m. to review CPA funding recommendations for the FY2023 year. 
 
The spending plans are subject to approval by voters at the June 6 Annual Town Meeting. The May 24 meeting and log-in links can be found on the town calendar here.
 
The CPC has recommended the following expenditures:
 
  • $200,000 for the town's Affordable Housing Trust Fund, for down payment and rental assistance for buyers or residents living in Great Barrington.
  • $50,000 in pre-development funds to support Construct's proposed affordable housing development at the former Eagleton School on Route 23.
  • $350,000 for the Southern Berkshire CDC's pre-development costs related to additional affordable housing development at 100 Bridge St.
  • $250,000 for exterior historic restoration of 343 Main St. (former home of Berkshire Community College) by The Alander Group, which is planning commercial redevelopment of the property.
  • $25,000 for engineering and design work on the Castle Street pedestrian underpass. This amount does not include construction costs.
  • $500,000, to be paid over a 15-year bond, for Memorial Field Improvements, including new backstop, dugouts, fences, and accessibility improvements. 
  • $7,000 for aquatic vegetation assessment of Lake Mansfield.
  • $35,000 for McAllister Wildlife Refuge restoration.
The agenda also includes an overview of the Community Preservation Act and the CPC's role in awarding CPA funding.

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