Affordable Housing Forum Set for Mashpee Commons

MASHPEE – Mashpee Commons by Design will hold a panel discussion Tuesday night on the Cape’s housing issues.

It comes as officials with Mashpee Commons work on plans to expand their mixed-use development with additional business space and housing units. Event organizers are looking for feedback from the public on what type of housing could be provided at Mashpee Commons to meet the needs of the community.

A series of “Tuesday Talks” will bring together local, regional and national experts to discuss key themes and ideas which emerged from successful public visioning sessions held in November and December.

The previous public workshops attracted over 300 people resulting in hundreds of suggestions regarding the future of the commons.

“People were really enthusiastic about what they wanted to see, their love for the commons and what an important factor it plays in the local economy, the quality of life aspect and the town and region as a whole,” said Tony Simon, a Masphee Commons by Design spokesman.

The First “Tuesday Talk” is set for Tuesday at the Mashpee Commons Storefront on Market Street at 6 p.m. The focus of the first forum is housing on Cape Cod.

The panelists for the discussion include Heather Harper from the Cape Cod Commission, Buff Chace of Mashpee Commons, Mashpee Affordable Housing Committee member Allan Isbitz, and Don Powers of Union Studio, who will serve as moderator.

The second session is March 13 at 6 p.m. at the Mashpee Public Library. That session will focus on infrastructure, public space and systems planning.

Creating a stable economic base for Masphee will be the subject of the third session March 27. That talk will also be at 6 p.m. at the Mashpee Public Library.

The last session, also at the library at 6 p.m., on April 10 will discuss zoning needs.

Mashpee Commons is a multi-use development which includes retail, dining and residential spaces, along with public spaces and community events.

Mashpee Commons by Design was created as a way to engage the public to create concepts for the next phases of the development.

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