Topics: Housing and homelessness

“I spent many years in Central America dealing with destruction — when I retired I became involved with construction,” said Joe Towle, a Maryknoll Priest who lives in Harwich Port, during a lunch break at the Habitat for Humanity of Cape Cod’s recent building project on Paul Hush Way off Tubman Road in Brewster. Having dealt with the harmful products of corrupt government, criminal activity and poverty in seve...

CHATHAM – Each year for the past five years on the first sunny day in May, ideally a Monday, the folks at A Great Yarn hang knitted blankets in vibrant hues and intricate patterns from the sides of the building, but it’s not just a colorful treat for passersby. The annual “yarn bomb” celebrates another successful year of donating the handmade treasures to people facing homelessness. The yarn bombing began in 2...

ORLEANS — The town’s affordable housing trust entered “final negotiations” with Cape Abilities to purchase outright a 1.25-acre property at 107 Main St. that could be developed as affordable rental apartments, trust chairman Alan McClennen confirmed last week. The proposed purchase was on the agenda of the board of selectmen, whose approval is required, in an executive session held last night (April 29). At th...

CHATHAM — Voters at the next annual town meeting will be asked to reserve the town-owned house at 127 Old Harbor Rd., formerly the water department offices, for affordable housing. But it’s not clear whether any specific plan is on the table for doing so. In 1971, a special town meeting voted to accept the property as a gift from the late Marion Nickerson Ellis, with the provision that the property be designat...

HARWICH — The Royal Apartment presentation to the planning board has raised an interesting dynamic related to dwelling unit density in Harwich Center versus the need for additional workforce housing. The project presented to the board last week seeks to convert the former nursing home/assisted living facility and senior day care center on the corner of Bank and Parallel streets into a 26-unit apartment complex...

Sisson Road Site Suitable For Affordable Housing

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The affordable housing committee is looking to put its first housing project in place to demonstrate the abilities of the recently installed affordable housing trust to develop housing. The group received some good news from a due diligence assessment conducted by Bohler Engineering on behalf of the Massachusetts Housing Partnership. The company conducted an assessment of the 265 Sisson Rd. property,...

CHATHAM — For 24-year-old Summer Fulcher, her husband Jimmylee and their two young children, New Year’s Day will be more than just the start of a new year. It’s the beginning of a new life. The four will be moving into a new home on Crowell Road, the newest addition to an innovative housing program in town. “It’ll be perfect,” Summer said. Because it’s New Year’s Day, both she and her husband get the day of...

26 Apartments Proposed For Former Royal Village

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Royal Apartments, LLC is proposing to convert the former Royal of Harwich Village assisted living facility at the corner of Bank and Parallel streets into 26 apartments. The conversion from the former assisted living facility to multifamily use proposes no exterior changes to the building and minimal reconfiguration to the interior of the existing structure. In plans filed with the planning board, th...

ORLEANS - The former fraternal lodge property at 107 Main St. could accommodate a mix of 11 to 14 affordable rental dwellings, the affordable housing trust and affordable housing committee was told last week. Contracted to consider the site’s potential, Ted Malone, president of Provincetown-based Community Housing Resources, Inc., spun three scenarios: nine one-bedrooms and two two-bedrooms with a mix of units...

Housing Trust Needs Time To Assess Church Property

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Affordable housing trust members said they need time to examine if they would have any use for the century-old house the Bishop of Fall River is seeking to have torn down on the Holy Trinity Church property in West Harwich. A demolition is pending before the historic district and historical commission, which wanted to see if the town’s affordable housing trust might have an interest in moving the Vic...

Homeless In Harwich Encampment In Brooks Park This Weekend

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Members of the fire and police departments were scheduled to set up an encampment in Brooks Park on Wednesday to draw attention to the plight of homelessness and community members who have fallen on hard times. Firefighter Brad Willis was before selectmen Monday night to inform the public that the fifth annual “Homeless for the Holidays” encampment will once again be located in Brooks Park. This is a...

Broad Support Seen For Hiring A Housing Coordinator

By: Ed Maroney

ORLEANS — Will the town offices be housing a housing coordinator next year? With everyone talking about the need for housing, and the affordable housing committee and affordable housing trust board doing something about it, the issue has emerged as the town’s top priority. Last week, the two groups met with the selectmen and discussed what might have seemed impossible a year ago: a new hire, part- or full-ti...

ZBA Has No Immediate Relief For Rental House Critics

By: Ed Maroney

ORLEANS — The zoning board has denied the appeal of a building permit issued for 21 Great Oak Rd., a large house under construction that has been listed for short-term vacation rentals for up to 22 people at a time. Vince Ollivier, who lives across the street, filed the appeal based on Hydrangea Properties’ permit request for “construction of a new residential home.” In an interview earlier this month, he sa...

CHATHAM – For nearly a decade, the housing authority, in partnership with the town, has administered a unique housing program that allows tenants to save half their monthly rent toward a downpayment on a house of their own. Two homes in the program are now available, and a lottery will be held next month to choose new tenants. Under the housing authority's MCI Rental/Housing Savings Program, half of the monthl...

50-Unit Affordable Housing Development Proposed

By: Alan Pollock

HARWICH — A national affordable housing developer is seeking to work with the town on an affordable housing development of up to 50 units on an approximately nine-acre site along Chloe’s Path off Sisson Road. Peter Donovan of HFH Development LLC, owner of the property, and Charlie Adams, regional vice president of Pennrose Brick and Mortar Heart and Soul, were before the town's affordable housing trust last Th...

ORLEANS — “Our family builds charming, neighborly rental homes that fit into their surrounding communities,” reads the letter to neighbors of 21 Great Oak Rd. in East Orleans. The request for a building permit, which was granted in late August, called for “construction of a new residential home.” That permit will be challenged Nov. 6 at the zoning board of appeals by an abutter who says the building, still u...