Truro to Prepare Bid Documents for Affordable Rental Development

TRURO – The town of Truro is looking to create dozens of affordable rental units and is a step closure to preparing a bid package for developers.

The Select Board recently approved recommended guidelines presented by the Truro Housing Authority for the project off Highland Road which would provide 30-40 new apartments – the majority of which would be for low- or moderate-income families and seniors.

“It’s four acres of wonderful upland that is very useful for us for affordable housing and for community housing,” said Carl Brotman the chair of the Truro Housing Authority.

The land was transferred to the town last fall to be used for economic development or affordable housing.

The authority is recommending half the units for families earning 80 percent of area median income of less.

The authority also recommends that 30 percent of the units be rented for those with 120 percent of less of median income with 20 percent opened up for market rate.

“It’s a recommendation to the developer,” Brotman said.

“It is not a requirement. It leaves a lot of room for the developer to look at the site, get their architects, figure out the parking and really be as creative with the site as possible,” Brotman said.

The authority also recommends that half the units be one-bedroom apartments, about 40 percent two-bedroom and around 10 percent three-bedroom.

The property is near the village center in North Truro next to the Cape Cod National Seashore. A public bus stop is also in close proximity.

Truro was chosen by the state as a Housing Choice Community for 2018 that will allow the town to apply for more state funding.

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