Ribbon Cutting Celebrates Completion of Mixed-Housing Development in Bourne

BOURNE – Congressman Bill Keating (D-MA 9th District) joined local elected officials in Bourne on Friday morning to celebrate the completion of High Meadow Townhomes with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

The apartment homes mark the end of the third and final phase of a mixed-income residential development for the town containing 117 affordable, workforce and market rate apartments.

Keating began his remarks by speaking about how workers had to clear the high density of heavy boulders that previously took up the land the town houses now stand on.

“This is a day to look back, remember the boulders that were there, and remember that we together moved those boulders and created something that will unite us all and bring us closer together,” said Keating. “If we’re going to go forward and try to do everything at the local level, and the state level, and use the resources at the federal level, as well as have non-profits here regionally all working together, municipal leaders all working together, we can take those boulders that look like great challenges. Working together we can move them and move forward for progress to create what’s here now.”

The project’s third phase was made possible by $7.6 million in 9-percent low-income housing tax credit equity from Boston Capital and a mortgage from MassHousing.

“We love this community. It’s a community where my wife Tevis and myself, we live here, we’re neighbors. This is going to make this community stronger and it’s going to make the Cape stronger because there’s a bigger need,” Keating stated. “These 44 town houses and the 117 homes and residences that will be here for people will be a success story that will drive not only drive a more successful Bourne community, but something we need on Cape Cod as well. As we all know, there’s a great need in our region for housing.”

Residents of the first two phases also turned out for the ceremony alongside project supporters and funders. Current Canal Bluffs resident and High Meadow Townhomes lottery applicant Melissa Harris delivered a speech at the event.

Fifth Barnstable State Representative Randy Hunt also spoke at the ribbon cutting, and explained the ever-growing need for housing on Cape Cod.

“We could do this project ten times over in next year on Cape Cod and it would not satisfy the demand that’s here. So, what I’m hoping for is that we can accelerate this some because there is such a huge need,” said Hunt. “We get the fact that it takes a lot of people to make these things happen. We also get the fact that it’s super important that we have housing available on Cape Cod that’s affordable, not only affordable from a traditional sense but also in workforce housing. Some of the units here are going to be rented out in accordance to those rules.”

Other notable speakers included State Senator Vincent deMacedo, State Representative Randy Hunt, Housing Assistance Corporation CEO Alisa Galazzi, Assistant Undersecretary of the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development Susan Terrey, and Director of Housing Development at Community Economic Development Assistance Corporation, Sara Barcan.

By TIM DUNN, CapeCod.com News Center

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