Edgecomb agrees to support BRDC’s affordable housing initiative

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Boothbay Region Development Corp. has another city supporting his initiative to create more affordable housing. On October 31, Edgecomb selectors agreed to join Boothbay, Boothbay Harbor and Southport in signing a letter of support. The BRDC would like municipal support in the search for subsidies for the public-private partnership. In her presentation, the company’s vice president, Erin Cooperrider, told elected officials that the program has a financial goal of $5.2 million, with “40% coming from grants and 60% from donations.”

Cooperrider told selectors that the first unit would not be built for at least two years. She explained how the BRDC formed nearly two years ago with her, President Steve Malcom and Treasurer Susan Witt. Besides money, the biggest hurdle of the project was land, but that changed earlier this year. Cooperrider reported that the company found a 35.8-acre site on Butler Road in Boothbay. “The property was not on the market, but the owner supports the concept of affordable housing and has agreed to sell it,” she said.

The company requested $50,000 from some Boothbay and Boothbay Harbor counsel and a letter of support. Boothbay agreed to contribute $50,000 from his American Rescue Plan Act funds. Boothbay Harbor officials told the company that all of their ARPA money has been committed, but they may contribute in the future. BRDC did not ask Southport or Edgecomb for money. Instead, all the company asked for was a letter of support.

In another action, a Good Samaritan is looking to donate to the town’s fuel fund. Council chair Dawn Murray said she received a call from “someone who wished to remain anonymous” about the city’s fuel assistance program. “I told him that General Assistance has strict guidelines, but the Dodge Fund was created years ago for such contributions,” she said. Once a contribution is made, it is added to the Dodge Fund account. The program is financed by the profits of the investments. “The goal is to prevent things from being shut down,” Murray said.

Selectmen will host another “Meet and Greet” from 9:30-11am on Saturday, November 19. The event is open to the public to plan for Edgecomb’s 250th anniversary celebration scheduled for 2024.

Selectmen concluded an executive session to discuss a legal matter. Murray said no action was taken after the session. The selectors then meet at 6 p.m. on Monday, November 14 at the town hall.

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