the spruces

New England News
6:26 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Williamstown Housing Committee Under New Leadership After Three Resign

Entrance of The Spruces Mobile Home Park in Williamstown, MA
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The housing authority in the small town of Williamstown, Massachusetts is under new leadership after three of its members, including its chair, resigned.

The formal resignations of three Affordable Housing Committee members are on the agenda for the town’s Selectmen meeting Monday night. Committee chair Catherine Yamamoto is among those stepping down after serving for 10 years on the committee, including the past three as chair.

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New England News
8:00 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Mass. Senate Approves Bill To Create Rent Control Board For Berkshire County Mobile Home Park

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A piece of legislation that would set up a rent control board in a Berkshires mobile home park has been approved by Massachusetts’ state Senate.

In February, at a special town meeting in West Stockbridge, voters approved a home rule petition to establish a rent control board for regulating evictions, rent adjustments, and occupancy standards for mobile home parks.

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New England News
5:48 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Williamstown To Accept FEMA Grant to Acquire Damaged Mobile Home Park

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The Board of Selectmen in Williamstown has given town manager Peter Fohlin the authorization to sign off on a $6.1 million grant for the town to acquire and close a mobile home park partially destroyed in 2011 by Tropical Storm Irene.

Fohlin said that before Williamstown can accept the FEMA grant which would be used specifically to remove housing from the Spruces Mobile Home Park, the town will have to negotiate a transfer of ownership and operation of the park from current owners Morgan Management.

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New England News
5:35 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Report Adds More Information to Williamstown's Housing Dilemma

The entrance to the Spruces in Williamstown. Much of the mobile home park was destroyed by flooding associated with Tropical Storm Irene.
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A recently released report provides a deeper look into the housing needs of one small Berkshire County community.

Williamstown’s Affordable Housing Committee recently commissioned a study on the housing needs of the community by housing and development consultant, John Ryan. 

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New England News
4:47 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Williamstown Voters Decide to Take No Action on Housing Articles

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More than 750 voters filled the gymnasium of the Mount Greylock Regional High School on Wednesday, with many expecting to vote on articles that would determine the future use for properties currently under conservation restriction.

One article was included as the result of a citizen’s petition, which sought to place a permanent restriction on the 30.5-acre parcel of land known as the Lowry Property, and a nearby 140-acre parcel known as the Burbank Property.

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New England News
5:46 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Berkshire Town Awarded Federal Dollars to Relocate Residents of Storm Damaged Mobile Home Park

Entrance of The Spruces mobile home park in Williamstown, MA
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A Berkshire town has received more than $6 million in federal funds to assist in relocating residents of a mobile home park  torn apart by Tropical Storm Irene in 2011, but there’s still much debate within the community on how the town should move forward with relocation plans.

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