The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, July 14, 2006


Laurel Hollow lottery attracts hopeful homeowner candidates

Lottery candidates wait for their names to be drawn. (Photo by Lynne Smith)

Ten people showed up at Town Hall at 7 p.m. on June 29 for the drawing which prioritized the qualification of candidates for the two Laurel Hollow affordable housing units. The 1,900-square-foot, two-bedroom town houses are each to be sold for $165,000. Fortunately, it was a pleasant night since the Town Hall was locked and the drawing had to be held outside.

Maureen O'Hagan of MCO Housing Services, which is conducting the lottery and the application qualification process, pulled numbers out of a basket as the hopeful candidates looked on. There were 14 applicants in the local pool and 170 applicants in the at-large pool, which includes the local applicants.

The Mosquito spoke with several of the applicants. The application for Maria and Orlando Torresparaizo was the tenth drawn and they were visibly happy to be that high on the priority list. The Torresparaizos live in Lowell and have two sons, aged three and one. Mr. Torresparaizo works as a chef at Vincenzo's in Concord. He said he had seen the lottery notice and he was very excited about the possibility of living in Carlisle.

Cindy Brown of Chelmsford, who is single and whose application was the 39th drawn, was disappointed when O'Hagan pointed out that priority for the two-bedroom units would likely be given to couples or families.

According to O'Hagan, qualification of the candidates will begin in early July and will likely take a few weeks. The units are expected to be ready for occupancy by October. For more information, see:

Maureen O'Hagen draws an entry in Carlisle's first affordable housing lottery held June 29. (Photo by Mollie McPhee Ho)

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