The Housing Board of Trustees was brought up to speed last week on the state of affordable housing and one project, in particular, in Barrington.
“We have 160 units of affordable housing in Barrington,” said Steve Martin, chairman of the housing board.
“That’s about 2.5 percent of the available dwellings to meet the state mandate,” he said. “We’re about a quarter of the way.”
Martin described the town's effort to meet the 10 percent state mandate as “coming a long way in a short period of time.” The mandate was set in 2004.
Only six municipalities have met their individual mandates, Martin said. The rest have not.
Anthony DePetro, the new chief operating officer at West Elmwood Housing Development Corporation in Providence, brought the trustees up to date on Walker Farm Lane – a project developed by the housing board with RI Housing and Mortgage Finance Corporation and West Elmwood.
“Six of the homes have been sold,” Martin said. “Five remain up for sale.”
Three of those homes --1, 3 and 5 Walker Farm Lane -- sit right along Wampanoag Trail and now show for-sale signs by Coldwell Banker realty, he said. West Elmwood has turned over the sale of the homes to the private realtor.
The two other homes in the development that remain for sale, 17 and 19 Walker Farm Lane, are the properties that suffered from groundwater in the basements.
The damage in both homes has been cleaned up and “they are ready for resale,” Martin said the board was told by DePetro.
A goal of next spring has been set for the sale of all five properties, Martin said.
To keep a closer eye on projects such as Walker Farm Lane and new projects in the planning pipeline, Martin said, the housing board has decided to assign “members to each project.”
“They will the eyes and ears for the board,” he said.
Bluemead Farm off of Chachapacassett Road is one of the projects in the pipeline. The Rumstick subdivision includes nine lots, two of them affordable homes, on 13.6 acres that tilt and slope toward Narragansett Bay along Beach Road.
The 10-lot subdivision at the former Lavin’s Marina, which has been approved for development, includes homes on the corner of Woodbine and Narragansett avenues in Bay Spring.
“It has two affordable homes that we’ll keep an eye on,” said Martin.
A small subdivision on South Street, just off Maple Avenue across the street from Holy Angels church, said Martin, also will have an affordable home. A board member is be assigned to keep an eye on that project.