Meeting Minutes

Joint Meeting of the AHA - March 8, 2004


A meeting of the Arlington Housing Authority, which was open to the public, was called to order by the Chairman, Patricia Worden, on Monday, March 8, 2004 at 9:31 PM in the Second Floor Conference Room of the Arlington Town Hall Annex, located at 730 Massachusetts, Arlington, MA. The Roll Call was taken and the following members of the Arlington Housing Authority were present:

Patricia Worden
John Griffin
Freeland K. Abbott
Nicholas Mitropoulos

Absent: Richard B. Murray

Also present: Franklin W. Hurd, Jr., Executive Director of the Arlington Housing Joan Pippin, Section 8 Tenant Representative ARB Members Edward Tsoi, Barry Faulkner, Roland Chaput, and Nora Mann

The Chairman announced that the filing of the Notice with the Town Clerk has been complied with and directed a copy of this Notice be spread upon the records, a copy of which is as follows: Notice is hereby given in accordance with Section 23, Chapter 39 of the Massachusetts General Laws, that a meeting of the Arlington Housing Authority will be held on Monday, March 8, 2004 at 9:15 PM in the John F. Cusack Board Room of the Arlington Housing Authority, 4 Winslow Street, Arlington, MA.


I, Franklin W. Hurd, Jr., the duly appointed Secretary of the Arlington Housing Authority, do hereby certify that on February 23, 2004 was emailed and filed with the Town Clerk of the Town of Arlington a copy of Notice of Meeting, of which the foregoing is a true and correct copy.



Inclusionary Zoning

Mr. Hurd addressed the meeting by expressing the housing authority's desire to have the opportunity to acquire some of the affordable housing condominium units that will be created in the future under the provisions of the Town's Inclusionary Zoning Bylaw.

He stated that the AHA was requesting that a formal process be developed, and that the process include provisions that would permit the housing authority a "Right of First Refusal" to purchase these units at the same cost being currently offered to individual families through the lottery system.

Dr. Worden discussed the efforts of other communities and in other states, where entities such as the AHA had received the ability to obtain affordable units created under the Inclusionary Zoning Bylaw. The members of the Arlington Redevelopment Board (ARB) discussed this matter at length.

Chairman Tsoi stated that he believed that the ARB was willing to consider the request but he preferred to have the AHA demonstrate its ability to acquire properties first. Then, when or if it does, the ARB would work on the development of a formal process for making a certain number of these units available to the Authority in the future.

He summarized the ARB's position by saying that if t he AHA could demonstrate the ability to purchase three units by the end of 2005, the ARB would work on the needed process to accommodate the AHA's request for the opportunity to purchase a portion of future Inclusionary Zoning units in Arlington.

Those present from the AHA felt that this was a fair approach. They thanked the members of the ARB for their attention and recommendations.


Upon a motion by Mr. Griffin and seconded by Mr. Abbott, it was unanimously:

VOTED: To adjourn the meeting at a 10:24 PM