Provincetown Hones in on Workforce Housing Issue

PROVINCETOWN – A team of 12 experts from the Urban Land Institute of Boston/New England met with Provincetown officials in over 25 small group meetings over the summer.

Now, Provincetown is considering a move forward on their recommendations.

So far, short-term suggestions include using town-owned property, like the Veterans of Foreign Wars building at 1 Jerome Smith Road, and the old Community Center on Bradford Street, for housing.

Those proposals would turn the Community Center into a seasonal housing establishment with dormitory living spaces, or a creative economy center. Yet a third proposal would combine the two to include seasonal quads and a year-round space for events.

Town Manager David Panagore said the board of selectmen will use the suggestions as a rubric for future actions.

“They stressed that people want different housing over the course of their lives, and that Provincetown should think over every resident visitor’s life cycle when they are here,” Panagore said.

Other suggestions include supporting the Provincetown Housing Authority, amending some zoning regulations, improving public outreach, and boosting the economy through arts, aquaculture and tourism.

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