Affordable housing is in the works in Kent

SPECTRUM/This architect's rendering of the Stuart Farm affordable housing project now under construction in Kent is by Steve Lasar. March 2012
SPECTRUM/This architect's rendering of the Stuart Farm affordable housing project now under construction in Kent is by Steve Lasar. March 2012Contributed Photo

Work has begun on the reconstruction of an antique farm house near the center of Kent.

The structure is being converted by Kent Affordable Housing to five affordable one- and two-bedroom rental apartments.

Renovation and construction for the Stuart Farm Apartments will take about six months.

A groundbreaking event will be held Friday, April 20 at 3 p.m.

Kent Affordable Housing, Inc. started nearly three years ago to obtain pre-development funding from Local Initiatives Support Corporation and the state Department of Economic and Community Development.

The funding allowed for site acquisition, architectural and site design, environmental testing and abatement, zoning and other approvals.

Full funding for the development has been committed, including a construction loan from Union Savings Bank and additional funds from Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston's Affordable Housing Program.

A DECD Flexible Block Grant will provide the major part of the financing through a contingent liability mortgage, which will guarantee the affordability of the apartments for at least 15 years.

Individuals and families who wish to indicate interest in residence at Stuart Farms Apartments are encouraged to contact KAH at to be placed on an "Interest List."

Those with Section 8 vouchers will be welcome; others are urged to begin the process of applying for these rent subsidies under HUD's Housing Choice Section 8 program:

Full applications for rentals will be available in coming months and will require financial and background checks. Matching residents with apartments will be done in the order that completed applications are submitted.

Stuart Farm Apartments is unusual among affordable housing developments.

It is smaller than most and will be more like a family compound than an apartment complex.

The two-acre site, onlya quarter mile from the village center, was once the center of a 200-acre farm that passed through local families whose history goes back to colonial days.

There will be one fully handicap-accessible apartment, two single-level apartments, and two townhouse units.

Rents will range from approximately $700 to $900 for families making between 50 percent and 80 percent of area median income.

Kent selectmen have granted a partial, 10-year tax abatement to assist with the operating budget and have worked with the Sewer Commission to bring about a long-discussed plan to extend the municipal sewer system along the road.

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