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Friday, April 18, 2008


CPC gives nod to $425,000 for Benfield infrastructure

The Community Preservation Committee (CPC) agreed on April 7 to recommend that Town Meeting allocate $425,000 in Community Preservation Act (CPA) funds for infrastructure needed to create affordable senior housing on the Benfield Land on South Street. The amount will be used to help cover a developer’s costs to build the roadway, septic system and water supply. The Housing Authority is currently drafting a request for proposals and will soon advertise for a project developer.

According to CPC Chair Kelly Guarino, the request is to be appropriated from the CPA undesignated fund to the Carlisle Affordable Housing Trust, to be returned in 2011 if unspent. The money collected under the CPA 2% real estate tax surcharge, along with state matching grants, can be used for three purposes: open space preservation and recreation; historic preservation; and affordable housing. Ten percent of CPA revenues are set aside for each special purpose, and the remaining 70% is placed in the CPA undesignated fund to be spent for any qualifying project.

The CPC will also ask Town Meeting, on May 5, to rescind the $200,000 appropriated in 2006 for the purpose of creating two additional units of affordable housing within the Coventry Woods project, which was recently cancelled (see “Developer drops Coventry Woods appeal,” Mosquito, March 28.)

The CPC previously agreed to recommend four smaller requests: $2,500 for conservation of historical artifacts; $4,000 for restoration of the liberty statue in the rotary; $40,000 for assessment of restoration to the Gleason Library façade; and $98,070 for the veterans honor roll memorial on the Town Green. ∆

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