Norwell: Vets and Community Housing Trust competing for old police station site
By John Penny
Norwell selectmen met Wednesday night and heard from two groups proposing two different uses for the old police station building at 40 River Street.
The first group, the Norwell Community Housing Trust, wants to build an estimated $4,000,000 friendly 40B affordable housing project at the site of the old police station, with funding provided by both the trust and community preservation funds.
Community Housing Trust Member Peter Shea told the board, “This is not low-income or section 8 housing we’re proposing, but a housing option that is not currently being addressed by the private developers around town. It’s a well-planned community housing that will be an enhancement to the town’s center, and something I think we could all be proud to have part of Norwell.”
The American Legion also wants to use the site. They’re proposing to build a new, $1,000,000 American Legion Hall that would include a combination military history museum and community center, and that portion would be paid for through CPA funding.
American Legion Senior Vice-Commander Bill Malloy addressed the issue and said, “Our estimated cost when fully built is going to be …read more