Wednesday, May 16, 2012
The Barrington Housing Board of Trustees turns its monthly meeting into a public forum on affordable housing in this community.
An affordable-housing development may never be approved for the Sowams Nursery property off of Sowams Road in Barrington – a plan has not been submitted yet despite a preliminary proposal aired by the East Bay Community Development Corporation several weeks ago. But the possibility of this 56-unit rental development served as a catalyst Tuesday night for a wide-ranging and sometimes rambling discussion of affordable housing in Barrington and the town’s Comprehensive Plan and Affordable Housing Production Plan. Affordable housing was the focus of a public forum held by the Barrington Housing Board of Trustees in the Council Chamber in Town Hall. It was set up to answer questions from prospective neighbors of the Sowams development and other…
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
State mandate that 10 percent of Barrington's housing stock must be affordable takes control away from local residents.
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
“No questions allowed.” If you were one of the nearly 100 people who sat patiently in attendance during the April Housing Board of Trustees meeting, you were probably just as shocked as I was to hear the voices of Barrington citizens silenced on the proposed affordable housing project at Sowams Nursery. Whether you are a proponent of affordable housing or not, the public examination and debate of its merits needs to occur before we take one more step towards its development. I believe that the Town of Barrington and its citizens should have full control of their own housing laws and zoning regulations - because of a 10 percent housing mandate passed by the Rhode Island State Legislature in 2004, we do not. Together as a community, we …
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Patch readers respond to the proposal for another Sweetbriar-like affordable-housing development in Barrington with comments and questions not taken at last Tuesday night's meeting by the housing board.
Questions about the affordable-housing development proposed for the Sowams Nursery site in Barrington were put off from last Tuesday evening until the next Housing Board of Trustees meeting in May. Questions were put off because of a concern about violating the open meeting law with the meeting not advertised as a public hearing. So the Housing Board plans to advertise its next meeting as a public hearing to take questions. This situation didn’t stop many Patch readers from asking questions in their comments about the meeting in Town Hall. Read for yourself what some of the almost 100 people in the Council Chamber were thinking. garymm 2:15 pm on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 Has the Planning Board examined the current "busy load" utilization …
Friday, November 18, 2011
Barrington's affordable housing project has attracted three homeowners, but eight units remain unoccupied as construction finishes.
Three affordable homes down -- but eight more to go. That’s the state of Walker Farm Lane, Barrington’s affordable housing development off of County Road near Hundred Acre Cove. A third buyer closed on a home a few weeks ago. But West Elmwood Housing Development Corporation in Providence, which is selling the properties for Barrington, is struggling to find buyers. “There are some restrictions on the homes, sure,” said Jared Rhodes, deputy director at West Elmwood. “But not a lot.” The primary restriction is that a buyer must sell to someone at the same income level when they want to sell, Rhodes said. “But in the meantime,” he said, “they can still get the appreciation over the time they own the house.” Rhodes, who grew up in West …
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
The Barrington Housing Board of Trustees voted Tuesday evening to ask the Town Council to "actively pursue" acquiring the property for lower-priced housing.
The Housing Board of Trustees wants the Town Council to “actively pursue the acquisition” of the Zion Bible property for affordable housing. The board voted unanimously Tuesday evening to ask the councilors to make a bid for the 39.5-acre property on Primrose Hill, which goes up for auction on Oct. 25 with a starting price of $2 million. Steve Martin, chairman of the Housing Board, made the motion with a condition that “an affordable housing component be in the final plan” for developing the property if Barrington purchases the campus. Martin was invited to sit in on the executive session of the Town Council, the School Committee and the Appropriations Committee on Monday evening to discuss the property, said Town Council President June …