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06/05/18 8:00am
JULIE LANE PHOTO Community Housing Board Chairwoman Mary-Faith Westervelt.

JULIE LANE PHOTO Community Housing Board Chairwoman Mary-Faith Westervelt.

Members of the Community Housing Board (CHB) have been doing their homework, identifying possible sites for affordable — or community — housing, although they haven’t targeted any specific site for possible development.

Member Abby Dress released statistics at the May 31 meeting at Town Hall she’d received from town assessors showing there are 2,447 residences on the Island. The average value of those single family houses on Shelter Island is $1.4 million, Ms. Dress said. The median value is $930,000. (more…)

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01/30/18 10:00am
ILLUSTRATION GETTY IMAGE/iStock

ILLUSTRATION GETTY IMAGE/iStock

Pushing back at Councilman Paul Shepherd’s announced plan to resist revisiting the town’s Comprehensive Plan, members of the Community Housing Board (CHB) meeting January 25 said they want a rewrite of sections dealing with affordable housing. (more…)

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04/06/16 4:30pm
ILLUSTRATION GETTY IMAGE/iStock | For many here, housing has become impossible

ILLUSTRATION GETTY IMAGE/iStock | For many here, housing has become impossible

An idea being shopped by a local real estate broker could be a step toward creating affordable housing on Shelter Island.

Janalyn Travis-Messer outlined a proposal to the Community Housing Board at the end of March for constructing a two-unit structure — one three-bedroom unit and an attached one-bedroom unit that could provide affordable living spaces. (more…)

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03/28/16 12:00pm
ILLUSTRATION GETTY IMAGE/iStock | For many here, housing has become impossible

ILLUSTRATION GETTY IMAGE/iStock | For many here, housing has become impossible

As co-chair with Hoot Sherman of the Shelter Island’s Community Housing Board, Mary-Faith Westervelt is a veteran of the housing wars.

She was already on the front lines when the Community Housing Law was passed by the Town Board in June 2008 and has seen it through several amendments over the years.

“We’ve tried many things,” Ms. Westervelt said. “The result is always the same.” (more…)

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01/27/16 8:00am
COURTESY PHOTO |  The Town Board met in work session Tuesday.

COURTESY PHOTO | The Town Board met in work session Tuesday.

At a brief Town Board work session Tuesday, two issues that have been discussed for more than a year were touched on again: the crisis of water pollution and the so-called “Hampton-ization” of Shelter Island. (more…)