The Island Housing Trust will receive $250,000 in state funding for a state of the art wastewater demonstration project for its planned Kuehn’s Way neighborhood in Tisbury. The funding was included in an economic development bill passed by the Massachusetts House this week, according to an announcemenf from the office of Representative Dylan Fernandes, who negotiated for the IHT funding to be written into the bill late Tuesday night.

“The lack of affordable housing on the Island has displaced lifelong residents and working families,” Mr. Fernandes said in a statement. “The Keuhn’s Way apartments will help residents stay in the community they love and this funding will ensure that this housing protects our Vineyard environment.”

The announcement also quotes IHT executive director Philippe Jordi: “This demonstration project will provide a model for alternative waste-water treatment on Martha's Vineyard and throughout Massachusetts.”

The planned neighborhood is for 20 affordable rental apartments and will be built on a 15-acre parcel of land off State Road in Tisbury. The denitrification septic system will serve the entire neighborhood using NITROE 2K Waste-Water Treatment Systems, technology developed by KleanTu on Martha’s Vineyard, according to the announcement from Mr. Fernandes's office.

The economic development bill now moves to the Senate for consideration.