BERLIN – Town officials offered their support to a downtown mixed use project planned by Habitat for Humanity of Worcester County.
On Monday, the Berlin Town Council agreed to give Habitat for Humanity a letter of support for the building it has planned for 21 Jefferson St. as the organization begins to seek grants for the project.
“We need to be able to show the state the town is supportive of the project and the project is aligned with the town’s goals,” said Andrea Bowland, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Worcester County.
Bowland told the council her organization planned to purchase the early 20th century home at 21 Jefferson St. and demolish it to erect a mixed use building on the site. The home, though historic, is in poor condition. The new building would include retail space on the ground floor with apartments above. Habitat for Humanity would retain ownership of the retail space, leasing it to generate income for the organization, while the apartments would be sold.
Bowland says ideally, the retail space would be leased to artists.