New England News
6:00 am
Wed April 24, 2013

Williamstown Residents to Vote on Lifting Conservation Restriction on Land Eyed for Development

Residents of Williamstown, Massachusetts tonight will vote for or against opening a portion of conservation-restricted for development. The land is being considered as a potential site for new affordable housing units.

Gates to the Spruces Mobile Home Park in Williamstown, MA. Much of the park was destroyed in 2011 by Tropical Storm Irene.
Credit Wikimedia User Beyond My Ken

Williamstown has received a $6 million Hazard Mitigation Grant from FEMA to purchase and demolish the Spruces Mobile Home Park and build replacement affordable housing for residents at another area in town. Most of the homes in the Spruces were destroyed by flooding in 2011 by Tropical Storm Irene.

Town residents are divided on the issue. While some see the 30-acre Lowry property as the most suitable place to build new housing, groups including the Friends of Williamstown Conservation Lands wish to see it remain protected. A group of Spruces residents have also petitioned to remain in the park.

Those who attend are being asked check in for the special town meetings at 7 pm, at Mount Greylock Regional High School.