A meeting of the Arlington Housing Authority was held which was open to the public, and was called to order by Chairman Nicholas Mitropoulos on Wednesday, February 15, 2006, at 6:00 PM in the John F. Cusack Room, located at 4 Winslow Street, Arlington, MA. The Roll Call was taken and the following members of the Arlington Housing Authority were present:
Present: Nicholas Mitropoulos
Dr. Patricia Worden
Teresa J. Walsh
Also Present: Franklin W. Hurd, Jr. Executive Director
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 Wednesday, February 15, 2006 at 6:00 PM in the Town Hall, Arlington, MA.
CERTIFICATE AS TO SERVICE OF NOTICE OF MEETING
I, Franklin W. Hurd, Jr., the duly appointed Secretary of the Arlington Housing Authority, do hereby certify that on February 9, 2006 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.
Chestnut Manor Housing Initiative
The Board met with Mr. David Levy, Executive Director of the Housing Corporation of Arlington, Inc. (HCA).
Mr. Griffin opened the discussion by citing past positions discussed by the Board:
- The Board has expressed the desire to retain control of the site.
- Any agreement with the HCA would require an ample funding strategy to insure the financial feasibility of the project. Among the sources being considered for the program are: tax credits, project basing of Section 8 vouchers and the access to grants and low interest loans.
- Should the AHA work through its nonprofit organization, it would lose conrol of the property or retain very limited control of it.
- Mr. Griffin had spoken to Paul MacPartland and Kitty Small of the Department of Mental Retardation to determine their interest in constructing a Chapter 689 development on the location.
Chairman Mitropoulos inquired if anyone present would like to speak on the issue.
Ms. Mary Beth Coyne, Director, Department of Mental Retardation, South District addressed the Board. Ms. Coyne said that her office has 132 active cases in Arlington, and fifty-three (53) clients are over the age of twenty-two (22). Her agency is always looking for handicap accessible units. She stated that should the AHA pursue the Chapter 689 development approach at the Chestnut Manor location, there would be no shortage of qualified participants in such a program. Currently her office deals with fourteen (14) agencies that provide twenty-four hour, seven day per week supervision to clients in the area.
Mr. William Haynor, President, of the Arlington Association for Retarded Citizens (AARC) and Arlington resident, described Arlington's longtime support for retarded citizens. He pointed out that in the past, their life expenctancy was thirty to forty years of age. Now, it is common for retarded citizens to outlive their parents. He pledged his full support for a new Chapter 689 program at the Chestnut Manor site.
Patty Quatteiri, a tenant of Winslow Towers and Chairman of the Middlesex Department of Mental Retardation's Citizen Advisory Board, offered her support to the proposal.
Ms. Carmen Trischetta, Past President of the AARC, parent of a retarded citizen and Arlington resident told the Board that this proposal would benefit many in Arlington and keep retarded citizens in the community where they have their friends, family, activities, and support personnel.
Mr. Alexander Capobianco, also a Past President of the AARC, parent of a retarded citizen and Arlington reident told the Board how his plans for his son to live with a son or daughter fell though due to unexpected medical problems for both. Now, with both he and his wife in their eighties, they are very concerned where there son will live after they are gone.
It was noted that as volunteers for the Arlington Food Pantry, employees in local businesses and municipal offices, retarded citizens meet needs in the community as well fulfilling their own desires to be productive members of society.
Upon a motion by Mr. Griffin, and seconded by Mr. Murray, it was unanimously:
VOTED: To pursue the DMR/DHCD Chapter 689 grant process for Chestnut Manor, and to strongly encourage the possible inclusion of the Atwood House into the process or to approve a design that is compatible with existing houses in the area.
Mr. David Levy addressed the Board. He expressed his disappointment concerning the Board's not wanting to proceed with the original proposal; however, he said that he understood why the Board would want to consider the Chapter 689 project. He expressed his full support for the project.
Upon a motion by Mr. Murray, and seconded by Dr. Worden, it was voted 4-0-1 (with Mr. Griffin abstaining):
To adjourn the meeting at 7:54PM.