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Housing Board continues discussion on next affordable development

During the Housing Board’s virtual meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 12, members shared their research for the next affordable housing project on the island. At a previous, hybrid meeting, on Friday, Dec. 11, members of the board toured a parcel of undeveloped property across the street from the Ball O’Brien Park on West Side Road (Plat 18, Lot 2-3) in person to gather ideas for the project. Chair Cindy Pappas asked for the board members to seek inspiration from other such developments and to come to the Tuesday, Jan. 12 meeting with further ideas.
Member John Spier opened up the discussion with a few examples of resources he had found.
“I did discover some interesting things, not highly relevant, but nice to be able to share. For now, there was a good article in the Providence Journal on community solar that was done in West Warwick,” said Spier. “I also have a couple pictures from a designer building sustainable communities in Maine.”
“The other place I looked at was South Mountain Construction on Martha’s Vineyard – they are doing a lot of interesting work,” said Spier.
Member Kay McManus asked Spier what exactly he was looking for and had

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