Williamstown's Church Corners rent to rise


By Edward Damon

Berkshire Eagle Staff

WILLIAMSTOWN -- Residents at Church Corners will soon be paying slightly more in rent each month.

Affordable Housing Comm-
ittee members accepted a request to raise the rent on the apartments on Church Street Thursday. The request for a 1.5 percent increase came from Church Corner Managing Partner David Carver.

"The reason is because now that the building has been fully occupied and rented, the property taxes have been set, and they went up a bit," AHC Chairwoman Cathy Yamamoto said.

Church Corner apartments repurposed the former St. Raphael Church and neighboring rectory, turning them into eight units of affordable housing. The AHC partnered with Scarafoni Associates of North Adams as the management company. The project was completed using funding from the town, federal funds and its own capital.

Rent is determined by the income of and the size of each household per guidelines from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Develop-
ment (HUD).

Figures provided by Carver to the board show that without an increase, he would have an operating deficit of $725. With an increase, there'd be a surplus of $10.

"He'd literally break even," Yamamoto said.

The increase would only go into effect when the leases are renewed, Yamamoto said.

In other business, Yamamoto said there had been no responses to requests for proposals for housing on two sites.

The response deadline is by 4 p.m. on Friday, March 7.

Two privately run affordable housing projects in town are making strides, she noted. The 40-unit Highland Woods elderly housing project on Williams College land at the end of Southworth Street is scheduled to go in front of the town's Zoning Board of Appeals on Thursday, Feb. 20.

The lead developer, Berkshire Housing Development Corp., plans on funding the project using low income tax credits. The next funding round is in March.

Also scheduled to go in front of the board is the long awaited Cable Mills project, which aims to redevelop the vacant building at 160 Water St.

The committee also welcomed its newest member, Craig Clemow, who Selectmen appointed last week.

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