Topics: Community Preservation Act

CHATHAM – Years ago, when folks wanted to move a building, the most efficient way was to take it apart piece by piece – a process known as flaking – and reassemble it at another location. Because it is so labor intensive, that's not done often these days, when it's easier to use modern machinery to simply pick up and move a building in one piece. However, the historic barn at 68 Shell Dr. is too fragile to mov...

CHATHAM – After months of displaying the incorrect time, the town clock in the steeple of the First United Methodist Church isn't telling the time at all right now. As part of a restoration and repair project, the hands and numbers on the clock were removed several weeks ago and are being worked on by an Orleans contractor. The $18,000 project is being funded through the Community Preservation Act. Voters a...

Housing Group Makes Pitch For Land And Funding

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH -There is an effort underway by Adult Shared Living of Harwich, Inc. to access Community Preservation Act (CPA) funding and affordable housing trust land to develop disability and low income workforce housing. Jeffrey Locantore and Jonathan O’Callaghan have been making presentations to town committees in recent weeks. The proponents were before the affordable housing trust on Monday making a pitch to a...

ORLEANS -- The planned renovation of the Main Street community center promises to bring many improvements to the aging facility. But questions were raised last week about if and how the project will increase the functionality of the building. The select board on Nov. 17 voted 5-0 to endorse the placement of an article seeking community preservation funds for construction on the warrant for the annual town meet...

Harwich Asked To Contribute To Orleans Housing Development

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – The town is being asked to contribute $100,000 toward the cost of a 62-unit mixed-income housing project in Orleans. Developer Pennrose, LLC filed a request with the community preservation committee to tap community housing funds. Pennrose is seeking support for its Orleans Cape Cod Five project, which proposes to reuse the former bank headquarters and operations center at 19 West Rd. and 10 Skaket C...

HARWICH – Since 2018, town meeting approved more than $1 million in Community Preservation Act funds for the affordable housing trust, yet the community preservation committee has no record of how the money was spent. The absence of an accounting of expenditures came to light Nov. 2 when Town Administrator Joseph Powers made presentations to the community preservation committee (CPC) on applications filed by t...

CPC Criticized For Main Street Housing Vote

By: Ryan Bray

ORLEANS – What looked on paper to be a simple committee reappointment evolved into a discussion about the future makeup of the town's community preservation committee last week. The select board ultimately voted 4-0 Oct. 6 to reappoint Sue Christie to the committee, but not without some discussion about what some members saw as the need for new voices on the CPC. The CPC has received criticism in recent wee...

Main Street Housing Article Dropped From Warrant

By: Ryan Bray

ORLEANS — Lacking the support of the community preservation committee, an article to secure $1 million for a proposed 14-unit affordable housing project at 107 Main St. will not go before voters at next month’s special town meeting. Alan McClennen, chairman of the affordable housing trust board, asked the select board Sept. 22 to withdraw the article from the warrant for the Oct. 25 session. The affordable hou...

ORLEANS – The community preservation committee last week declined to support bonding $1 million of its funding for the 107 Main St. project, leaving the select board to decide the source of the money needed to meet the town's share of the cost of converting the former Masonic Lodge to affordable housing. The board's options include placing a general borrowing article on the Oct. 25 special town meeting warrant...

CPC Recommends Brooks Foundation And Jenkins Bogs Purchase

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The community preservation committee voted last week to recommend that voters support two major funding projects for historic preservation and open space at the annual town meeting in May. The committee is endorsing funding for the Brooks Academy foundation and basement addition project and funds to assist the Harwich Conservation Trust with the purchase of the 31-acre Jenkins bogs property. The C...

ORLEANS — Today (Dec. 3) at 4:30 p.m., the community preservation committee will begin sifting through more than 20 requests for funding, including $2 million to help acquire the former Cape Cod Five operations center for community housing. Among other requests on the list is the recreation advisory committee’s “Orleans Outdoors” initiative, a $189,636 package covering amenities from bike and kayak racks to ba...

ORLEANS — There’s something for everyone in the community preservation committee’s recommendations for spending on community housing, historical preservation, open space, and recreation. What there’s not is everything for everybody. With almost 20 requests for supporting totaling well above $2 million, the committee had a tough job getting the number down to its expected revenue for the fiscal year beginning J...

CHATHAM – A variety of projects, ranging from salt marsh preservation to bike path mile markers, have been submitted for funding through the Community Preservation Act. Sixteen proposals, totaling $1,460,050, will be reviewed by the community preservation committee, which is charged with making recommendations on the projects to voters at the May 11 annual town meeting. According to Finance Director Alix He...

HARWICH — The community preservation committee saw the need for a community playground adjacent to the Harwich Elementary School, but wrestled with funding the entire project when deliberating on how the town’s Community Preservation Act funds should be spent in the May town meeting. The committee ended up reducing the playground request from $641,035 to $500,000, and also reduced the affordable housing trust ...

ORLEANS – When Santa gets back to the North Pole this week, he’ll find another wish list waiting for him. Twenty-two applications for Community Preservation funds to support community housing, open space, historic preservation, and recreation efforts have been submitted to the town, twice last year’s number. Formal review by the community preservation committee begins at its Jan. 2 meeting, and a public hearin...

CPA Endorses $295K For Playground

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – Voters at May's annual town meeting will be asked to spend $295,000 in community preservation funds to upgrade the playground at Chatham Elementary School. The community preservation committee endorsed the proposal last week after trimming $56,000 from the community playground committee's initial request. For more than four years a dedicated group of parents, school administrators and town officia...