PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city of Pittsfield is offering a single-family home by lottery sale for $200,000 to a first-time, income-eligible homebuyer.
The two-story, fully rehabilitated home at 21 Eleanor Road was acquired by the city through a lengthy tax title foreclosure, said Community Development Director Justine Dodds.
"Due to the amount of time the property had been vacant, the residence required complete rehabilitation. The structure was down to its shell, and it was then rehabbed to new building code standards," said Dodds. "The completed house now complies with the city of Pittsfield's current energy codes. It is completely refinished with new bathrooms and kitchen, as well as all new plumbing and wiring."
Applications will be available Wednesday, Sept. 21, through the city's Purchasing Department.
The appraised value of the rehabilitated property is $264,100. The lottery will select the buyer.
The property has a total of 1,536 square feet of living space, on a 0.29 acre lot. It has three bedrooms and two full bathrooms. The first floor of the residence is handicapped accessible.
Funding for this project was provided by the city's Community Development Block Grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Housing has been considered an area of need in the city for sometime. Nearly half of the 2022 CDBG funding is dedicated to housing rehabilitation and demolitions.
The city received about $1.34 million in each of the last two grant rounds and the Eleanor Road home was targeted for rehabilitation under those funds. The city is also providing the owners of 20 housing units with assistance in repairs through CDBG-funded Home Improvement Program.
The sale price of the home represents a 25 percent discount from the appraised value. This discount will provide the homeowner with immediate equity investment in the property as well as helping applicants in obtaining conventional mortgage financing.
Families interested in purchasing this home must demonstrate to the Purchasing Department and the Department of Community Development an ability to secure a mortgage. Applicants will also have to demonstrate they meet the established income guidelines and that they will occupy the property as their primary residence. The potential buyer will also have to complete a homebuyer counseling class before purchase.
Applications must be submitted by Nov. 21. The property will carry a deed restriction for a period of 20 years that will ensure the property remains both affordable and occupied by the eligible household.
To request an application in either English and Spanish, contact Purchasing at 413-499-9470, firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the office in Room 102 on the first floor of City Hall. For questions or more information, please contact Heni Harvender at 413-499-9367.
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Pittsfield to Unveil Plaque for Buddy Pellerin Ballfield
By Brittany PolitoiBerkshires Staff
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A commemorative plaque will officially designate the Clapp Park ballfield for former coach George "Buddy" Pellerin.
The name change was approved about seven years ago after Pellerin passed away at the age of 77. The plaque's set be unveiled at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14.
"Chairman [Cliff] Nilan has been involved with this effort to site a permanent plaque at the Buddy Pellerin Field which is of course the main baseball field and Clapp Park where Buddy Pellerin coached and played for many, many years," Park, Open Space and Natural Resource Program Manager James McGrath explained to the Parks Commission on Monday.
"And this is a permanent recognition of his contribution to the city."
The plaque, currently covered up, is just behind home plate on the backstop behind the walking track. It was pointed out that the public is welcome to join the unveiling to remember a "literal Pittsfield giant."
Pellerin was head coach of the Pittsfield High baseball team for 19 years, leading the team to the state title in 1966 and taking the team to the 1974 title game. He also served as athletic director and head softball coach during his time at PHS.
He handed over the reins of the baseball team in 1982 but remained active in the sport. He went on to coach softball at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and the former St. Joseph's High as well as the city's Babe Ruth League all-star team. He was inducted into the Massachusetts Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1988.
The park has seen major improvements after the city partnered with the Rotary Club and the Buddy Pellerin Field Committee on a state grant.
During the meeting, it was also reported that the Berkshire County Historical Society has been working with the city to plant a commemorative elm tree in Park Square. It will replace the iconic one that was planted in the 1990s to emulate an elm that was admired by Pittsfield residents in the city's early days.
There will be a dedication ceremony on Thursday, Sept. 28, at 5:30 p.m. The event will fall on Nation Plant a Tree Day.
"This year we have been working with [McGrath] to plan a special planting of an elm to commemorate the elm that was obviously very famous here in Pittsfield and was chopped down but was first saved by Lucretia Williams," Executive Director Lesley Herzberg explained.
About halfway through polling, mayoral candidates Peter Marchetti, Karen Kalinowsky and John Krol were feeling hopeful while holding signs in front of Providence Court, the polling location for Ward 3A.
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