The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, March 30, 2007


Details emerge for Westford St. affordable housing

A group of Carlisle residents are forming a not-for-profit corporation with the goal of building up to 24 units of affordable housing on a 19.5-acre piece of the Wilson property located off Westford and Curve Streets. The encompassing acreage is the proposed location of a traditional subdivision of single-family homes, called Hanover Hill, that is being reviewed by town boards (See "BOH looks over Hanover Hill plans," and "Is affordable housing coming to Route 225?" Mosquito, March 2. )

On March 13, the Carlisle Board of Selectmen (BOS) heard an update on the affordable housing project given by John Ballantine, who followed his remarks with a letter to the board on March 25. According to Ballantine, the idea to create affordable housing on that site began to emerge several months ago during conversations with the Wilsons. The not-for-profit does not yet have a name and is still in the process of incorporating.

Ballantine shared the letter with the Mosquito, in which he describes the project, "Presently, we anticipate building up to 24 units of mixed-income rental units, phased in over a couple of years. All of the units would qualify as affordable units under the town's approved planned production plan (two-year exemption)."

The letter describes how the Hanover Hill development will be separate from the affordable housing project, "As you know, Grant Wilson and Rob West are currently in the process of seeking subdivision approval for the 160-plus acres of land on Westford Street. Much of this land will be kept in conservation, a portion will be set aside for an affordable housing development, and the remainder will be developed as a residential development. We will be working with Grant Wilson and Rob West on the affordable portion of the development. However, our not-for- profit will be responsible for bringing the new 40B project forward for Zoning Board of Appeals approval over the next year or so." He adds, "We are most appreciative of Grant and Helene Wilson's generosity and continued commitment to the town of Carlisle."

Once the group is incorporated, it will work with a builder, investigate design and financing and hopes to be ready to bring plans before town boards sometime in 2008.

2007 The Carlisle Mosquito