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Affordable Housing Back on the Table

The town hosts an affordable housing workshop, and a few more things to know today.

Proposed Palmer Pointe affordable housing development
Proposed Palmer Pointe affordable housing development
1. The affordable housing issue has been swirling around the town for months as Barrington works to increase its affordable housing stock to meet state requirements. The conversation continues tonight as the town hosts an affordable housing workshop Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Barrington High School.

2. Are you in a flood zone? Find out here: Barrington Flood Insurance Rate Maps.

3. If you plan to head to the beach to enjoy one of the last days of warm weather, you may want to ride a bike. Parking is prohibited at the beach until further notice while the town works on the parking lot

4. In case you missed it ... Water Board Makes Case for New Pipeline to Pawtucket

5. We get one more beautiful day before autumn makes an appearance. Clear, sunny skies are expected Tuesday, with high temperatures near 70. But, as will happen during fall in New England, temperatures are expected to begin dropping overnight, falling to a low in the low-40s. Rain is expected Wednesday, with a high of only 52.
Manifold Witness October 22, 2013 at 07:28 AM
Did you hear the one about the doctor looking to buy a house in Barrington? Went to see a house for sale that might’ve sold for close to a million a few years ago – it’s now on the market in the low $700’s. “Oh, by the way, where is Palmer Pointe going to be?”, asked the doctor. When he heard the answer, the doctor said, “Ah...we’ll let you know”, as he scurried out the door. That was about 6 weeks ago. The house is still for sale. No joke.
Gary Morse October 22, 2013 at 08:14 AM
An update on the controversy of the "8% of rent" tax abatement being provided to Sweetbriar. Yesterday, in the Ad Hoc Taxation Committee meeting, Town Assessor Michael Minardi brought to the attention of the Committee a recent Superior Court case in Coventry on the abatement statute where the Court's analysis stated: "The plain language of § 44-5-13.11 requires three elements to be satisfied in order for this statute to apply: (1) issuance of an occupancy permit on or after January 1, 1995; (2) substantial rehabilitation of a residential property, as defined by HUD; and (3) encumbrance of the property by an appropriate covenant recorded in the land evidence records." (SPRINGFIELD ARMOURY L.P., v. PATRICIA PICARD, in her capacity as ASSESSOR OF TAXES FOR THE TOWN OF COVENTRY.) Can the Barrington Assessor please explain how Sweetbriar qualifies as being a "substantially rehabilitated" property? Hopefully, residents will get an honest answer tonight on this controversy.
Manifold Witness October 22, 2013 at 03:56 PM
See the issues related to compression of real estate values: http://fairfield.patch.com/groups/politics-and-elections/p/the-coming-great-compression-in-residential-real-estate

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