Kent project is a good idea worth duplicating in the region
Published 4:26 pm, Wednesday, April 25, 2012
At a time when many Greater New Milford-area families find their housing budgets stretched, we believe Kent Affordable Housing got it right with its plan to convert an old farmhouse into five apartments near the center of town.
Work recently began on the long-awaited project, which will see the vintage farmhouse renovated and renamed the Stuart Farm Apartments.
Rents will range from $700 to $900 per month, according to officials.
The complex will include one handicapped-accessible apartment, a pair of single-level apartments and two more townhouse units.
Unlike some communities, where affordable housing is anything but, the Stuart Farm Apartments will give low-income tenants the opportunity to enjoy the distinct cultural and social flavor of Kent.
We appreciate the thought that went into reinventing the old farmhouse on property once known as Stuart Farm.
Residents will be able to walk to the village center from the location. They will also have an updated, attractive dwelling on two acres to call home.
Affordable housing doesn't have to be an unsightly, 40-unit brick building conveniently hidden on the other side of town.
As Kent Affordable Housing has demonstrated, affordable housing can enrich a community. It can re-purpose a historic building that might otherwise have been torn down.
We also appreciate the work town officials did to help make this rental project a reality. A partial, 10-year tax abatement and an extended municipal sewer line are key contributions to assuring the Stuart Farm Apartments will get off to a strong start in town.
Construction on the apartments is expected to be completed in about six months, just in time for occupants to enjoy the beautiful autumn foliage in Kent.
We predict the view -- and the success of the Stuart Farm Apartments -- will last much longer.
We encourage other communities to examine this model in meeting their own affordable housing needs.