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Affordable housing proposal advances in Great Barrington

Dec 22, 2020 3:08 pm
While activists have clamored recently for affordable housing in Hudson, Catskill, and Kingston, no proposals there have been approved, as local rental prices continue to skyrocket. Heather Bellow reports in the Berkshire Eagle that Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity is now hoping to build up to 20 homes on town-owned land off Route 41 in Housatonic in Great Barrington in Western Massachusetts. It would be the town's first affordable housing with about half of the units reserved for households making 80 percent or less of the area’s median income. The town bought the property last year for $175,000, for the Great Barrington Affordable Housing Trust Fund, and Habitat for Humanity is the only group to make a proposal. The Housing Trust board will vote on the proposal at its Jan. 6 meeting. The proposal is for between 14 and 20 homes on property surrounded by 21 homes. “We listened to the neighbors,” said Bill Cooke, chairman of the board of the housing trust. “They’re basically the same types of houses that would already exist in the neighborhood.” The Berkshire County Board of Realtors report. that the median sales price of a home in Great Barrington has increased from $339,000 to $469,000 since last year. Read more about this story in the Berkshire Eagle.