( – promoted by Sue Prent)
Following up on my post about affordable housing a couple weeks ago, I received word from a well-placed source that the Town of Bennington has wisely opted to defer the community development loan for Applegate Apartments by a vote of 5-1 last night. That will mean a lot of good for a couple hundred working families, as well as the entire community as the redevelopment proceeds.
The meeting was well-attended, with 15 of Applegate's residents there, as well as the principal of the Molly Stark Elementary school and other concerned citizens of Bennington, to advocate for affordable housing and to educate the Selectboard. It seems clear that once members better understood how the loan program works and the value of having people able to afford living in their town, their decision was quick and easy.
Congratulations to all!