PITTSFIELD – A development venture on West Houstonic Avenue that may carry 28 items of housing to Pittsfield neared full approval on Tuesday after receiving zoning permits.
Nevertheless it nonetheless wants funding.
Berkshire Housing Growth Corp. utilized to construct a three-story construction that would offer supportive housing for just lately homeless Pittsfield residents, stated group president and CEO Eileen Peltier. Supportive housing helps join residents with social service suppliers.
Matt Kropke, director of actual property growth for the developer, stated they’re nonetheless engaged on a price estimate, however the development price is anticipated to be round $6 million. The venture may even obtain $1.5 million in American Rescue Planning Act funding, in line with Mayor Linda Tyre’s July announcement.
Based on paperwork offered to the Pittsfield Neighborhood Growth Board, two tons at 107 and 111 W Housatonic St. might be mixed to type a three-story constructing, a car parking zone and numerous enhancements. Land for the venture was donated by John Wendling, a former Pittsfield resident who wished to present again to the neighborhood.
Peltier stated the venture would provide extra than simply housing: it might present providers and a way of neighborhood for these with a “advanced life resume”, as she put it. His group has been in touch with different companions, comparable to ServiceNet, to coordinate what providers might be provided.
Peltier stated securing a zoning allow was the “final main hurdle” for the venture earlier than it may submit an software for funding. The Berkshire County Housing Company has submitted a “pre-application” for funding to the state Division of Housing and Neighborhood Growth.
Peltier stated his company has been invited to take part within the full spherical of purposes, which would require the county housing company to submit a plan to the state by the tip of October.
Development will not begin till subsequent 12 months. As soon as the appliance is distributed out earlier than the tip of October, the company can have wherever from three to 5 months earlier than listening to again from the state. After that, it would take about 4 or 5 months to arrange an in depth development plan that may deal with the associated fee and size of the venture.
“Progress utilizing one of these fund is a protracted journey,” Peltier stated.
The County Housing Company can also be engaged on an ancillary housing venture that may create 9 items on the second ground of Zion Lutheran Church at 74 First St. in Pittsfield.