REPORT OF THE HOUSING PARTNERSHIP COMMITTEE 2009
This year the Housing Partnership Committee continued to work on the goals established last year with the adoption of the town’s first Comprehensive Housing Plan.
The Housing Partnership worked with the Town Administrator and the Board of Selectmen to acquire a small piece of land surrounded by Town owned land on Fairview Park Road needed for a half acre building lot to be donated to Habitat for Humanity of Worcester for the construction of a single family affordable home. Community Preservation funds were used for this purpose and for a topographical survey and wetlands delineation of the parcel. Because the assessed value of the town-owned parcel was over $25,000 a request for proposals to develop the land for an affordable housing unit had to be issued. With the assistance of Town Planner Jean Bubon the Housing Partnership Committee issued the necessary RFP in August and received proposals in
September. The proposal from the Greater
evaluated based on land in October.
the award criteria defined in The legal documents have
Worcester Habitat for Humanity was the RFP and was selected to develop the been prepared by Town Counsel and
accepted by Habitat for early in 2010 and that
Humanity. We expect that the land will be transferred shortly after that they will apply for and receive the
to Habitat necessary
permits. They will then begin their outreach work community to assist them in the construction of a property.
to develop volunteer support from single family affordable home on
Another priority goal for the Housing Partnership Committee is to maintain the status of all of the properties that currently count toward the goal set by the State for at least 10% of our housing units to be affordable. In 2011 the affordable status of Heritage Green’s 130 units is scheduled to expire. These units count for more that half of the Town’s affordable housing inventory, and we have been working with the various parties involved with this project to do everything we can to assure the units remain affordable. We also have been working to find a way to have the units at the Sturbridge Retirement Community on Kelly Road counted in the Town’s affordable housing inventory. We are currently in communication with the Undersecretary of the Department of Housing and Community Development on this important matter.
The Housing Partnership Committee would like to once again thank the Community Preservation Committee, the Zoning Board of Appeals and the residents of Sturbridge for their support of our efforts, and in particular Town Planner Jean Bubon and her Administrative Assistant Diane Trapasso for their valuable support and assistance throughout the year.
Respectfully submitted, STURBRIDGE HOUSING PARTNERSHIP COMMITTEE
Charlie Blanchard, Chairman Bob Ayres Pat Jeffries Mike Rylant