Barrett Chosen for Feasibility Study

            The Marion Affordable Housing Trust voted on March 30 to recommend Barrett Planning Group, LLC to assist the town with a feasibility study on options for older adult housing.

            Members of the Affordable Housing Trust enthusiastically accepted Barrett’s bid, the lone response to Marion’s request for quotes.

            “I attended [a webinar] and I was very impressed with Judi Barrett. I would have no problem contracting with her,” said AHT member Norm Hills.

            Chairperson Casey Cole-Vieira and members Ethan Gerber and Cynthia Thomas recognized her group’s work outside the Town House and Taber Library. “I liked her a lot, and was impressed with her knowledge,” said Cole-Vieira.

            Barrett has 33 years of experience as a planning and community development professional in state and municipal government and in business. For almost two decades, she has been a consultant with the Massachusetts Housing Partnership Chapter 40B Technical Assistance Program. Barrett will partner with landscape architect Dodson & Flinker.

            The Affordable Housing Trust also voted to approve an $817.15 invoice from the Southeastern Region Planning and Economic Development District (SRPEDD) for work on its Housing Production Plan.

            The May 11 meeting scheduled for the Marion Affordable Housing Trust will be moved up to May 4 to get it ahead of the May 10 Annual Town Meeting. The next meeting of the Marion Affordable Housing Trust is scheduled to be held on Tuesday, April 13, at 6:00 pm.

Marion Affordable Housing Trust

By Mick Colageo

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