Will the Oliphant School affordable housing project help Middletown?

MIDDLETOWN — The Affordable Housing Committee on Tuesday night moved to recommend the Town Council pursue an affordable housing project at the Oliphant School site and suggested the council consider a “town house” style development.

The pitched affordable housing development is in the preliminary stages and members of the public will have more opportunities to weigh in as discussions continue. A few residents spoke at the Affordable Housing Committee meeting and raised concerns about potential water run-off from the site and traffic congestion.

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Laurie Bradley, one of the residents, said she had a petition signed by 45 people who opposed the project, citing concerns like a reduction in open space.

“We are also very concerned, as they have already mentioned tonight, about the environment impacts,” Bradley said.

Francis Spinella, president of the consulting and project development firm FJS Associates and consultant for the town on the Oliphant School project, said there would be state mandates in place to ensure proper drainage during construction.

Spinella noted that as the plans progress, experts would weigh in on such factors as traffic flow and mitigation.

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