Norwell: Affordable housing proposed for former police station property

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Representatives from the Norwell Community Housing Trust appeared before the board of selectmen Wednesday night with a proposal to turn the old police station into an 40B affordable housing development.

Community Housing Trust Chairman Pat Richardson said the proposal is for the trust to take over the old police station building at 40 River Street after it’s vacated and create some affordable rental units there.

“What we presented to the board of selectmen is an option for the police station, once it’s empty, to possibly transfer that property over to the community housing trust to pursue development of something of a rental building – put out an request for proposal and in that way bring some more people and life back into Norwell center and rentals would be affordable.”

The Community Housing Trust is looking for support from the board of selectmen to move forward with a town meeting article that would transfer the old police station property to the trust for the purpose of affordable housing.

The board of selectmen has requested that the trust continue to consider the plans and develop options. 

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John Penny is a town news reporter at WATD. He primarily covers stories in the towns of Marshfield, Cohasset, Scituate, Norwell, Hingham, Abington and Quincy.