More Affordable Housing Units on the Horizon

By Meredith McCulloch

Bedford-Housing-Partnership-SQReview of affordable housing units in three new housing developments topped the agenda at the Bedford Housing Partnership meeting on August 18.  The purpose of the Bedford Housing Partnership, according to the Town website, is to implement fair and affordable housing programs and encourage the growth and maintenance of the supply of affordable housing within the Town of Bedford.

There was a brief report from Robert Scarano, the developer of the Cottages at Depot Crossing. The cost of the affordable unit will be based on the square feet of the unit and a percentage of the retail sales price. Also, in lieu of a second affordable unit, Scarano is making a $100,000 grant to the Municipal Trust which supports affordable housing.

Elisa Cushing represented the plan for the three affordable units at the Evergreen Meadows PDR (Planned Residential Development.) The committee recommended that one unit be located at each entrance to the project and a third one to the rear of the property. The goal is to scatter the affordable units throughout the project.
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The Fox Run Development project was represented by developer David Bernstein.  The project includes seven new detached units, two duplexes and an existing house which will be retained. Three larger single-family homes on Buehler Road may be part of the project if approved by the Planning Board.

Bernstein’s intention is to earmark the existing home on the property as one of the two affordable units. Board member Kris Washington asked several questions to determine if that unit, built in 1927, will be up to the same standards and of comparable quality to the new units.  In the end, the board asked for an independent inspection and a tour of the property before approving it as one of the affordable units.

There is also a request for three larger single-family houses at Buehler Pond. It is part of the same parcel but not directly connected by road with Springs Road. The Planning Board will continue the hearing on this proposal at a meeting on August 30.

For details of the plan see:
https://www.bedfordma.gov/sites/bedfordma/files/614-616_springs_rd_app.7-5-16.pdf


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