Affordable Housing Initiatives Clear Key Hurdles at Ballot Box
James Kinsella

Affordable Housing Initiative Clears Key Hurdles at Ballot Box


Voters in three Vineyard towns yesterday brought the Island a step closer to the creation of a housing bank by backing the initiative and enacting the Community Preservation Act.

Approval of the CPA in Edgartown, Oak Bluffs and West Tisbury provided a crucial step on the road to establishment of a housing bank, which would be modeled on the Martha's Vineyard Land Bank.

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Celebrity Dinners Raise Funds for Housing
Rachel Kovac

Debate over the Supreme Court justice nominee John G. Roberts raged in Chilmark. Dinner guests sat in awe as Patricia Neal recited her Hollywood Walk of Fame address on Edgartown harbor. And couples danced the night away to the cabaret music of Eric Comstock and Barbara Fasano in Lambert's Cove.

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Land Court Denies Bid to Halt Affordable Homes
Ian Fein

Land Court Denies Bid to Halt Affordable Homes


A Massachusetts Land Court judge last week solidly denied a motion for reconsideration from a group of neighbors who are trying to fight three affordable one-acre homesites on Chappaquiddick.

Edgartown town counsel Ronald H. Rappaport yesterday said the ruling - which directly rejected a series of claims made by the neighbors' attorney - speaks volumes about the nature of the case.

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Edgartown’s Morgan Woods Wins Award for Excellence

Morgan Woods affordable housing development in Edgartown on Martha’s Vineyard has won the 2008 Urban Land Institute’s J. Ronald Terwilliger Workforce Housing Models of Excellence Award.

The award recognizes exemplary developments that meet workforce housing needs in high cost communities. Entries are judged on specific criteria including: extent of affordability, involvement of public/private partnership, energy cost savings, green construction and innovative building technologies that reduce cost and improve efficiency.

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Fund Appeals To Town CPC
Jim Hickey

Calling it a test of town priorities, the executive director of the Island Affordable Housing Fund this week asked the Oak Bluffs Community Preservation Committee to commit another $400,000 to the financially troubled Bradley Square project, in the name of historic preservation.

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Island Affordable Housing Fund Names New Executive Director
Julia Wells

He is a family man, father of three, physically fit with a passion for cycling, and a bit of history buff. And now T. Ewell Hopkins, who has been commuting from his year-round home in Oak Bluffs to work in mainland metropolises for the past 10 years, is happy to have more time at home on the Vineyard to be near his family, read and ride his bike on weekends.

But during the workweek he is occupied with a new job and a cause: raising money and promoting development of affordable housing on the Vineyard.

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Old Building Born Again as New Homes
Remy Tumin

It’s been 120 years since the Noyes Building on Pennacock avenue first opened its doors to the Oak Bluffs community, serving as a post office, a market and most recently a library. And now it houses Conroy’s Apothecary and three affordable housing apartments, welcoming lower income families into a more urban neighborhood.

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In Chilmark, Six Tickets to American Dream
Megan Dooley

A smiling sandy-haired toddler hung from his mother’s hip as he dipped his hand into a colorfully decorated box to pull out a hot pink card. “This one,” he said cheerfully as he handed off his selection to Chilmarker Todd Christy.

Mr. Christy glanced at the card. “Four Beech Grove,” he said.

The boy’s was just one in a sea of smiling faces, but none were brighter than his mother, Jennifer Wlodyka’s, as she heard Mr. Christy call out her new address to the crowd.

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250 State Road: It’s Easy Being Green
Megan Dooley

Dozens of curious Islanders turned out to take part in Saturday’s green tour of the affordable housing project under construction at 250 State Road in West Tisbury. The sun was shining on a bitterly cold day as members of the Island Housing Trust and South Mountain Company led visitors through three solar homes in various stages of completion.

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Habitat Breaks Ground at Bailey Park

The house at 49 Bailey Park Road in West Tisbury has new owners.

At a groundbreaking ceremony last Saturday, Doug Ruskin, president of Habitat for Humanity of Martha’s Vineyard, introduced Joe Fragosa Jr., his wife, Jennifer, and their five-year-old daughter, Briana.

Mr. Fragosa, 51, said he and his wife have been looking for a permanent home for seven years. He is an arborist who grew up on the Island. She is a water safety instructor.

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