The Board of the Williamstown Council on Aging supports the use of 10 acres of the Lowry property as a site for affordable housing. At this writing, other sites forwarded as possibilities all appear to have significant drawbacks. The Photech property sits on a flood plain, needs extensive remediation as it contains contaminated soils, and has a major sewer line running through it from North Adams to Williamstown. The Town Garage site is small (1.3 acres) and will accommodate only one- and two-bedroom apartments in a two- to three-story building. Cable Mills offers only 13 subsidized units and to date, the private developer hasn't been able to find financing for the entire project.
Residents currently living at The Spruces are at risk and must move to higher ground to avoid becoming the victims of yet another deadly storm.
Cottage type structures or attached two-story duplexes, as we already have in town, with individual small yards best approximate what Spruces residents enjoyed for many years. The Lowry property can accommodate at least 30 of these structures. The property was originally intended as the site for a new high school (before the regional model gained favor), and it is fitting for it now to become the home for another deserving group of Williamstown residents.
Williamstown Council on Aging