RFP Issued For Spring Bars Road Project

A request for proposals was authorized this week for development of affordable housing on Spring Bars Road.
Selectmen unanimously approved the RFP at its meeting on Monday. A site tour of the property will be given to interested developers on November 19, and developers have until December 23 at 2 PM to submit bids. The town has identified a date of February 19 to hire a developer.

The town purchased the 21-acre parcel through $3 million in Community Preservation Act funding in 2010. Approximately 10 acres of the property will be reserved for open space, while the remaining 11.39 acres has been identified for the construction of affordable housing.

An RFP was drafted in 2012 but it was never sent out, thus stalling progress on the project. In June selectmen reached an agreement with the CPC to move ahead with the project in exchange for allowing materials for ongoing sewer improvements to be stored on the site temporarily.

According to a feasibility study conducted by the Cape Cod Commission, the parcel, which is zoned as light industrial C, allows for the construction of a 66-unit development. The town is looking to build 35 affordable units on the property.

Residents must make between 30 and 80 percent of the area median income to qualify for housing at the site, according to the RFP.