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CPC Denies Janet's Place Request For $90,000

Jan 22, 2015 05:21PM ● Published by Bill Gilman

The Tewksbury Community Preservation Committee has denied a request by a local women's sober house for $90,000 to expand its facility and more than double its capacity.

According to an article published in the Lowell Sun, the CPC unanimously turned down the request by Janet's House, 40 Navillus Road, at its meeting Tuesday.

In their request, the owners/operators of the North Tewksbury facility said they planned to use the funds to increased their capacity from seven to 18 beds, as well as improving accessibility for its residents. They made the case that adding more beds/residents to the facility should fall under the definition of "rehabilitation of affordable housing", which is one of the acceptable uses for Community Preservation Act funds.

According to the article in the Sun, members of the committee disagreed. Community Development Director Steve Sadwick was quoted as saying that in order to qualify as a rehabilitation, the property would have to been originally purchased with CPA funds.

Community Preservation Act funds are collected by a community through a property tax surcharge. In Tewksbury, CPA funds are being used to renovate Town Hall and have been used to install an artificial turf field at Tewksbury High School.

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