Selectmen were informed yesterday that the Legion is looking to build affordable housing for veterans at its current location, and as a byproduct of the affordable housing project, to get a new facility (a copy of the email appears below).
I suggested to Ron Griffin that I would like him to follow up on my past suggestion to explore the possibility of adding onto the Legion’s land some of the adjoining town owned land, where the town both has an interest in developing more affordable housing and may well have no other possible use for that land. That town land could perhaps allow the number of affordable units provided to be increased.
From: Vet Ron G HM [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Wednesday, April 19, 2017 5:47 PM
To: Pete Peterson ; Mike Marcucci ; Gus Murby
Cc: Mike Sullivan
Subject: American Legion discussing 40B units
Hi Pete, Mike and Gus
I wanted to inform you that the American Legion is discussing with developers Ralph Costello and Mike Larkin to build 40b rental units on their property on Peter Kristoff Way.
Preliminary discussion, is for the Legion to receive a new building on the existing property in exchange for 40B rental units to be developed on the remainder of the 2.5 acre piece of property. Some of the rental units would be reserved for low income veterans or their surviving spouses.
The current Legion building has turned into a money pit of needed expenses. We have been trimming operational costs for the building for the last few years but heating and cooling this metal building with limited insulation is overwhelming. We now have major roof, sewer and parking lot maintenance issues pending. We’ve patched our patches with more patches.
Our goal is to have a two story building with a function hall on the first floor and in the basement the members rooms. We hope to offer Medfield, an attractive location to hold functions larger than 40 people but less than 140. With limited building overhead costs, we hope to be financially able through function rentals to support the many programs that the Legion, Auxiliary and Sons of the American Legion support through out our community.
We also understand that this project might meet the towns Safe Harbor requirement for 2018
I provide this infromation as Executive Board Chairman of American Legion Beckwith Post 110, Medfield Ma. and very close acquaintance of Medfield’s Veteran Service Officer.