Two young West Tisbury families were the happy winners in a lottery held this week for two new affordable homes.
Spencer Binney and Lizzy Kent, their baby daughter Willow and her brother Levi will move into a home at 619 Edgartown-West Tisbury Road next month. Jason and Darcy Neago and sons Tristan and Griffin will be their next-door neighbors.
The lottery took place at the town selectmen’s meeting Wednesday afternoon.
The two three-bedroom energy-efficient houses on three acres were built by South Mountain Company for the nonprofit Island Housing Trust, which developed the project and holds a ground lease on the land. Families and individuals earning between $47,200 and $67,450 were eligible for the lottery; the houses are being sold for $225,000. The selection process included preference for larger household size and people living and working in town, housing trust executive director Philippe Jordi said at the meeting.
Land for the project was donated by Kristian Strom, financing was provided by the Edgartown National Bank.
“We wish our homeowners the best,” Mr. Jordi said.
Dukes County Regional Housing Authority executive director David Vigneault, who handled the applications, thanked the trust and the town for their efforts.
After the drawing, Ms. Kent introduced Levi to Tristan and Griffin, while Willow slept in her car seat.
“You’re going to be neighbors,” Ms. Kent smiled.