Williamstown had two windfalls: first, a flood and windstorm that destroyed living quarters for approximately 225 people. Second, a positive windfall of $6 million from FEMA to clear the unlivable area and build affordable single-story homes. People who oppose this plan argue that victims of storm tragedies aren't usually owed replacement homes of any kind. But if there hadn't been victims at the Spruces, there would be no $6 million to spend. Peter Fohlin structured a plan to secure most of the FEMA grant specifically to develop affordable housing on the Lowry property if possible. It is a generous plan which deserves approval by generous people.
We are facing a tremendous shortage of affordable housing in Williamstown.
Let's develop all the properties available for affordable housing when we can, but let's not deprive those whose tragedy funded reparation costs of the solution that is now open to the town. Vote yes on Article 2, no on Article 3.