Pelham Community Preservation Committee
Public Meeting Agenda
Thursday August 19, 2021 6:00-7:00 PM
Remote meeting link on Zoom available below
Pursuant to Governor Baker’s March 12, 2020 Order Suspending Certain Provisions of the Open Meeting Law, G.L. c. 30A, §20, and the Governor’s March 15, 2020 Order imposing strict limitations on the number of people that may gather in one place, this meeting of the Town of Pelham Conservation Commission will be conducted via remote participation. Specific information and the general guidelines for remote participation by members of the public and/or parties with a right and/or requirement to attend this meeting can be found on the Town of Pelham website. For this meeting, members of the public who wish to listen to the meeting may do so by calling the number below or log in to a video version by clicking the link below. No in-person attendance of members of the public will be permitted, but every effort will be made to ensure that the public can adequately access the proceedings in real time, via technological means. In the event that we are unable to do so, despite best efforts, we will post on the town’s website an audio recording, transcript, or other comprehensive record of proceedings as soon as possible after the meeting.
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Approve the minutes of June 17, 2021
Issues related to the Amethyst Brook Apartments project on #20 and #22 Amherst Road. A Home City Development affiliate, Amethyst Brook Apartments LLC, owns both parcels.
Label both structures with the names of persons who worked and lived at these sites and created their industrial value: Horace Gray, #20, Eugene Bartlett, #22.
Salvage the grist mill grinding stone under the flagpole and display it on the site.
The remains of the mill just downstream from this project will not be impacted.
Allow parking so that Pelham residents can access the trail to the downstream mill remains and to the Amethyst Brook Conservation area.
Improve the former parking lot for Pelham Pond, which is along Amherst Road east of the Weinberg residence, so that residents can park and access the same trail.
Open Space: Funding suggestion: “If the Home City Development is donating land for conservation or open land, money from the CPA fund for that purpose could be used in addition to the CPC account for Affordable housing..” - John Trickey
Proposed: 34 apartments - 6 @ #20 & 28 @ #22; 24 one-bedroom, 7 two-bedroom, 3 three-bedroom
Projected effect on k-12 school population: 13 to 28 school-age children living at the property, 10 for grades K-6 and 10 for grades 7-12.
Pelham can request the state allow maximum local election preference of 70% of initial lease-up. The state’s guidelines allow these preference categories:
Employees of businesses located in the town
Households with children attending the locality’s schools
Funding from the state
Apply by March or April 2022
Approval earliest by June/July 2022, but not guaranteed
Construction given 2022 approval
Start March or April 2023
Completion March or April 2024
Pelham CPA Funding Options if Fall Town Meeting approves the Home City Development’s (HCDI) application for CPA grant monies ($500k requested), HCDI would potentially ask for $250k in the fall of 2021. - note these figures need to be updated based on the town accountant’s records.
Available fall 2021
Source Applied toward ABA project
$49,498 excess in Housing $49,498
$40,200 2021 Budgeted reserve $40,200
$160,302 CPA Fund balance $160,302
This would leave $134,732 in the CPA Fund Balance
Fall of 2022: Serafino noted that HCD may be able to hold off requiring CPA funds until the fall of 2023. This would give us time to accumulate the remaining $250k without borrowing.
Motion to approve Home City Development, Inc. 's (HCDI) application to the Pelham Community Preservation Committee for $250,000 for the Amethyst Brook Apartments (ABA) affordable housing development project at 20-22 Amherst Road.
If we approve, create the warrant article.
Schedule a public hearing.
Submit the warrant article for inclusion on the fall town meeting warrant.
Future agenda items:
Discussion on how the committee feels about returning to in-person meetings.
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