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Habitat house nears approval

Would be group's second in Sturbridge

August 08, 2010
STURBRIDGE — The town is one step closer to seeing a home built at 79 Fairview Park Road.

That parcel was purchased by the Sturbridge Housing Partnership with the use of Community Preservation funds specifically for the use of adding a house that would count toward the town's affordable living inventory.

With a plan for a single-family, ranch-style home through Habitat for Humanity already in place, the town took a step toward seeing the plan come to fruition last week. The Board of Selectmen endorsed a Local Action Unit Application, which is now on its way to the state Department of Housing and Community Development for approval.

Local Habitat for Humanity representative Hank Rauch met with selectmen on Monday, Aug. 2 to collect the application, which had already been signed by Housing Partnership Chairman Charles Blanchard.

Once the application receives the OK from the state, Rauch said, people can expect to begin seeing some mobilization of the project on the neighborhood level.

"As soon as they sign off, we'll start advertising in Sturbridge, Southbridge [and] Charlton," Rauch said. "We'll have community information sessions to inform potential families who want to apply."

For more on this story, please see Monday's Southbridge Evening News.

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