Goshen mulls locations for elderly housing project

Last modified: Friday, August 29, 2014
GOSHEN — After four years of research and planning, the Goshen Elder Housing Committee is getting closer to acquiring a property on which to build 10 to 12 units.

According to Don Boisvert, chair of the committee, there are three potential sites on the table. The one it prefers is owned by the Congregational Church and located on Main Street across from the Town Offices. The land has already passed a wetland review and a perc test is scheduled for Sept. 11.

“We are moving right along on this and so far this is our best bet,” Boisvert said. “The site is approximately eight acres and the property has been appraised at $165,000. That includes the parsonage and a garage that are on the lot and not in use,” he said.

Boisvert said that the committee has not yet entered into negotiations for that property.

The two other sites on the committee’s radar are both on Cape Street. One is a 20-acre property and the other is an eight-acre lot. Both are located across from the D.A.R. State Forest.

“We really want the housing to be located either in town, or up to a mile away from town,” Boisvert said. “We are holding off on these locations as a back-up plan, just in case the other location falls through,” he said.

The committee had previously had its sights on a location on West Street.

“That property was ruled out because the configuration of the housing units would not work on that piece of land,” Boisvert said.

The Goshen Elder Housing Committee is made up of volunteers from the community appointed by the Select Board. Working in cooperation with the Hilltown Community Development Corp., the committee is charged with acquiring funding, purchasing the land, constructing the units and organizing the renting and management of the units.

Boisvert said the building project has been estimated at roughly $2 million.

Meekins book group

The Williamsburg Library will be offering a book group geared for adult fans of historical fiction.

Library Director Katie Krol will be organizing the Another Time Book Group.

“I am a medievalist and I love all things medieval,” Krol,” said. “I thought of making it a medieval book group, but I think this will reach a broader selection of readers. The group will meet on the third Thursday of every month at 6:30 p.m.

Copies of the books will be available at the library for several weeks before the meetings.

This year’s line-up of books include:

• Sept. 18: “The Last Jew,” by Noah Gordon. Written in 2002, this novel follows the journey of a young Jewish boy into adulthood and what he does to survive during the Spanish Inquisition.

• Oct. 16: “Cutting for Stone,” by Abraham Verghese. Set in 1953 in Addis Ababa, the capital city of Ethiopia, this is the saga of twin brothers, orphaned by their mother, an Indian Carmelite nun who dies during childbirth, and abandoned by their father who is an English surgeon.

• Nov. 20: “The Good Earth,” by Pearl Buck. Written in 1931, this Pulitzer Prize-winning book dramatizes family life in a Chinese village before World War I.

• Dec. 18: “ Dragonfly in Amber,” by Diana Gabaldon. Published in 1992, this is the second book in the best-selling Outlander series. The story centers around a time traveling 20th-century nurse, and her 18th-century Scottish husband.

Dunphy Open House

The Anne T. Dunphy School is inviting Williamsburg residents and friends to join them in their official ribbon-cutting and open house celebrating the reopening of the newly renovated school building.

The event takes place Sept. 6 with a presentation at 10:30 a.m. and the open house from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Firefighters barbeque

The 44th annual Plainfield firefighters barbeque will take place Sunday at 1 p.m.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under.

The festivities will take place behind the Shaw Memorial Library on Main Street.