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Friday, May 1, 2009

Benfield development details to be shared in public forums

A number of informational meetings will be held regarding Benfield Farms, the affordable

Toby Kramer of Riverside Consulting (on left) and Philip Giffee of Neighborhood of Affordable Housing (NOAH) describe plans for proposed Benfield senior housing at an April 14 meeting organized by the Carlisle Housing Authority and Council on Aging. (Photo by Dave Ives)

senior housing project on the town-owned Benfield Land. During their April 9 and 23 meetings the Carlisle Housing Authority discussed upcoming presentations and neighborhood outreach.

The developer, Neighborhood of Affordable Housing (NOAH), will lead the meetings. They are used to producing buildings in communities like this, noted Carlisle Administrative Coordinator Elizabeth Barnett. Invited abutters will include residents who live in the South Street area. Efforts will be made to hold daytime as well as evening meetings to accommodate senior Carlisle residents. Abutter John Rizzi of South Street voiced appreciation of the inclusion of abutters. “I’ll be listening to the noise [of construction] for a year,” he said. But in support of the project he said, “When they first break ground I’ll celebrate and when the first person moves in I’ll celebrate.”

An informational meeting for the Carlisle Council on Aging (COA) on was held on April 14, reported Lehotsky. Phil Griffee from NOAH and consultant Toby Kramer presented details about the Benfield Farms project. “The outreach was really good,” said Barnett, noting there were over 25 attendees. COA Chair Verna Gilbert said there is excitement about the Benfield project, which has a long list of people interested in renting units once the development is built. “There are at least 66 people on it,” said Gilbert. ∆

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