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New affordable housing should be ready by winter

Bob Frasier and George Hickey were honored for their work on Lochmere Meadows by having the two new roads created in the housing development named after them during a ribbon-cutting ceremony last Friday. Donna Rhodes. (click for larger version)
October 20, 2010
TILTON — Lochmere Meadows, the new low-to-moderate income housing development in Tilton, was officially welcomed into the community last Thursday during a rain-drenched ceremony that could not dampen spirits.

"We're glad to have such strong supporters who would brave the elements," said Dwight Barton, board chairman of Laconia Area Community Land Trust.

Lochmere Meadows is the first project LACLT has taken on outside of Laconia, he said, and is expected to be completed by mid-December, offering 28 apartments to people of the area, including some that are handicap accessible.

Dean Christon of the New Hampshire Housing Authority also spoke during the brief ceremony. He said bringing affordable housing to residents of the area was vital to the surrounding community.

"We're adding housing and economic values to the community. There's a lot of energy and a lot of work that was put together here. It's important to recognize that fact alone," Christon said.

Molly Lambert from USDA Rural Development said the mission of her department was to increase economic opportunities and improve the quality of life for residents, one reason USDA's program became involved in the project.

"Families and people will gather here to share news of the day, take hot showers and enjoy a nice lifestyle," she said.

Awards were presented by Linda Harvey, executive director of LACLT. Before the presentations Harvey said it "takes a network of people to bring a project like this to its fruition." She then congratulated attorney Rob McCarthy in being named Project Hero for his role in getting Lochmere Meadows development "to and through a bank closing procedure that had a narrow window of opportunity."

Harvey then made a special presentation to two others who worked on the project. Two new roads were built to service the complex and selecting names for them was easy, she said. Frasier Way was chosen to honor Bob Frasier of Moultonboro who served as a construction analyst for Lochmere Meadows through the New Hampshire Finance Authority.

"Bob owns this project. The high standard that he maintained allows us to have a great product," she said.

The second road, George's Drive, was named in honor of Sanbornton architect George Hickey. Harvey said Hickey brought the highest quality in green designs to the project, meeting the goals of all of the stake holders.

"He's an Architect Extraordinaire. George represents the best of the Land Trust. Our projects are great because you two guys are great," she said as she presented the new street signs.

Attending the ribbon cutting ceremony were representatives of Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, Congressmen Paul Hodes and Carol Shea-Porter and Sen. Judd Gregg's offices as well as local legislators Dennis Fields and Liz Merry. Merry and Fields were pleased to be a part of what they called an important day in Tilton.

"Every town has a workforce that needs housing and towns need to keep that in mind. Everyone should come down and see the great work that was done here," said Merry.

While the project will complete the first phase of its work by December, Barton said there is additional land for 19 other units that could be constructed in the future. Each of the 1,100 square foot Energy Star-efficient units contain two bedrooms, washer and dryer hook-ups and have personal outside storage facilities. Rent is based on 30 percent of each household's annual adjusted gross income. A fulltime Resident Services Coordinator will also offer support, training and referrals for residents who request assistance.

People interested in renting at Lochmere Meadows can contact the company at 1-800-742-4686 or download an application at www.laclt.org.

Littleton Chmber
Martin Lord Osman
Varney Smith
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