Benfield project moves ahead after rain delays

by Karina Coombs

Because of all the rain the construction site has received, the Benfield Farms affordable housing project is two weeks behind schedule. Housing Coordinator Elizabeth Barnett gave the project update at the June 27 meeting of the Carlisle Housing Authority. She noted that there are 135 names currently on the list of people interested in one of the 26 senior rental apartments now under construction.

During the installation time of a very large cistern, the consulting safety engineer on site would not allow workers in the hole because of the conditions. The crew hoped to begin construction of the walls the first week of July. One minor complaint about dust was reported said Barnett, but was taken care of and otherwise “things are going well in the street.”

The non-profit Neighborhood of Affordable Housing (NOAH) is building the housing development on the town’s Benfield Land on South Street under a 99-year lease agreement.

Peabody Properties, Inc. has been selected by NOAH to be the property management company. Barnett described the company as having a “good reputation” as well as experience managing a number of local properties both within the state as well as in Rhode Island and New Jersey.

Lottery and application process

NOAH is also preparing to launch a website that will show apartment layouts and other details, said Barnett, and an apartment lottery is expected to start later this summer using the list she has compiled. Those interested in being added to the list prior to the start of the lottery and application process should contact Barnett at Town Hall. NOAH will have information about the process available by mid-July. The current goal is to have residents in the building mid-winter.

“..hair away from LEED gold”

Barnett reported that NOAH has also shown an interest in pursuing green energy building practices for the site and has already made contact with the local Carlisle Solarize Mass program, organized by the Carlisle Energy Task Force. Housing Authority member Randall Brown said that he thought the design of the roof made it a good candidate for a solar energy system. Barnett described the project as a “hair away from LEED gold,” explaining that energy efficiency has been a focus throughout the design of the project.

CCTV to film on August 14

Finally, Barnett noted that NOAH Director of Real Estate Development Toby Kramer will be recording a segment on Benfield Farms for local cable station CCTV on August 14. Kramer will be joined by Peabody Properties representatives to explain the leasing and occupancy schedule. Check the CCTV online program schedule for the air date at www.concordtv.org/program-schedules. ∆