By Maggie Lohmiller [Western Mass News]
AGAWAM, MA– An affordable housing project may soon be built in a Feeding Hills neighborhood on Mill Street.
However, some neighbors are concerned over what this will mean for their properties and lifestyles.
“We’re worried about our property values, we’re worried about people coming in and not paying tax money,” Kristin DiCioccio.
Neighbors said that they have not been kept in the loop about the plans.
A property that was once home to a working farm hit the market after the owners died. HAP Housing has plans to close on the property to build affordable housing in the coming weeks.
“We really pride on ourselves on the ability to follow and blend within a community. We build quality a quality product,” said Carolyn Shiel, of HAP Housing.
The housing development will be a mix of market price housing as well as affordable housing.
Agawam Mayor Richard Cohen said that HAP Housing’s plans are in its infancy. The property has not yet been purchased and plans have not been submitted.
“Affordable in Agawam is over 200,000. Affordable doesn’t mean low-income,” Cohen said. “For people that get out of college and can’t afford a home in Agawam. We want them to remain in our community.”
However, neighbors are still uneasy about the prospect of affordable housing in the community.
Neighbors are planning a meeting at DiCiocio’s home on Sunday at 1 p,m. HAP Housing is expected to attend the meeting.
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