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Barrington council seeks clarity on affordable housing tax question

By   /  July 23, 2013  /  Government & Politics, News  /  No Comments

Barrington Town Hall, Barrington, Rhode Island

The Barrington Town Council is seeking a second opinion on whether municipalities are required to offer a tax break to non-profit developers of affordable housing projects. Westwood Lane resident Gary Morse recently brought the issue to the surface, questioning the appropriateness and legality of a tax abatement a prior council offered the East Bay Community […]

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Barrington Planning Board: Fewer units at Palmer Pointe

By   /  July 17, 2013  /  News  /  1 Comment

East Bay Community Development Corporation's plans for the proposed development Palmer Pointe include 50 units.

The Barrington Planning Board is calling for a reduction in the number of housing units planned for the Palmer Pointe affordable housing development. At its meeting on Tuesday night, July 16, board members listened to some testimony presented by experts brought in on behalf of the residents’ group CODDER 02806. After closing the public hearing […]

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Barrington resident questions tax break for affordable housing projects

By   /  July 12, 2013  /  Government & Politics, News  /  2 Comments

Should affordable housing, like the Walker Farm Lane homes (shown), be extended a tax subsidy?

Gary Morse believes in affordable housing. He just has a problem with how it is currently being managed in this town. The Westwood Lane resident said there are a few significant issues that concern him, including the tax break extended by the town council to the non-profit agency that built Sweetbriar in West Barrington and […]

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Letter: Barrington can’t afford tax breaks to housing projects

By   /  July 10, 2013  /  Letters to the Editor, Opinion  /  No Comments

To the editor: Since 2009, Barrington’s Sweetbriar affordable housing development has been provided a property tax subsidy that equates to a per unit property tax bill of approximately 1/4 what an affordable homeowner must pay at the Walker Farm affordable development, and about 1/6 of what those living in a modest $250,000 home would pay. […]

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Letter: Plenty of reasons Palmer Pointe plan could be denied

By   /  June 13, 2013  /  Letters to the Editor, Opinion  /  No Comments

To the editor: There is a mantra among the few supporters of the so- called “Palmer Pointe” project proposed by the East Bay Development Corporation at the Sowams Nursery to misstate both the law and facts surrounding the project. The letter to EastBayRI.com and the Barrington Times authored by Dan and Tanja Kubas-Meyer  posted June […]

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Letter: We understand concerns about Palmer Pointe

By   /  June 10, 2013  /  Letters to the Editor, Opinion  /  2 Comments

To the editor: As 20-plus year residents of Barrington who work closely with low-income individuals and families, we speak with certainty that decent and safe housing is desperately and urgently needed by low- and moderate- income people in every town in our state, and believe that the minimal goal of including 10 percent housing units […]

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Barrington affordable housing project set for hearing tonight

By   /  May 30, 2013  /  News  /  No Comments

palmer pointe-early sketch

The Barrington Planning Board will continue its public hearing for the proposed Palmer Pointe affordable housing development tonight, May 30, at 7 p.m. at the town hall. Tonight’s meeting will mark the second time the board has met to hear testimony regarding the master plan application for the 48-unit project, which has been proposed for […]

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Is Barrington Town Council listening to taxpayers?

By   /  May 24, 2013  /  Letters to the Editor, Opinion  /  No Comments

To the editor: Why hasn’t the Barrington Town Council had an up or down vote on granting a property tax abatement to the Palmer Pointe affordable housing project? It has been reported that the East Bay Community Development Corporation views this project as financially infeasible without the abatement. It is a complete waste of everyone’s […]

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Letter: Affordable housing development runs counter to neighborhood’s character

By   /  May 16, 2013  /  Letters to the Editor, Opinion  /  No Comments

To the editor: The people of Rhode Island are fortunate to live in a state with an abundant coastline, inlet bays, rivers and estuaries. Some of us are more fortunate to live in waterfront communities such as Narragansett, East Greenwich, Wickford and of course Barrington to mention a few. The uniqueness of our state given […]

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Barrington Council: No more taxpayer money to affordable housing project

By   /  April 10, 2013  /  Government & Politics, News  /  2 Comments

The developer of Walker Farm Lane wanted a $123,000 grant to off-set a drop in house prices, but the council denied that request Tuesday night.

Barrington Town Council member Ann Strong and two of her colleagues said enough taxpayer money had been spent on the Walker Farm Lane affordable housing development and would not approve an additional $123,000 in grant money for the project. The action came Tuesday night at the monthly council meeting. Ms. Strong, Bill DeWitt and Cynthia […]

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