A RECENT PHOTO of two of the six complete buildings at Harriman Hill, with landscape work in progress. (Courtesy photo) (click for larger version)
June 07, 2012WOLFEBORO — Construction is now nearly complete on Harriman Hill, Wolfeboro's long-awaited workforce housing project. What remains is landscaping, finish paving and a few final tasks. The entrance sign to Harriman Hill off Route 109A (Pine Hill Road) should be installed this week.
The project, which was seven years in development by the Eastern Lakes Region Housing Coalition (ELRHC), broke ground in April 2011 and most of the construction of the six buildings in Phase I was completed this winter. By mid-March of this year residents began moving into completed buildings.
The housing is intended to make it possible for employees who work in Wolfeboro to be able to afford to live where they work.
The 24 units now available in six buildings represent Phase I of the project which is planned to include another six buildings and a total of 48 rental units. A third phase will include 20 single-family homes for sale on the 35-acre site.
The buildings consist of one-, two- and three-bedroom units with rents ranging from $565 to $951 per month, utilities included, according to the brochure available from the Web site of the Laconia Area Community Land Trust, ELRHC's partner in the development. Currently, all of the three-bedroom units have been spoken for, but there are still some one- and two-bedroom units available. Amenities include EnergyStar® appliances (refridgerator, stove, dishwasher, clothes washer and dryer), personal storage area and plenty of parking. Townhouse-style units have 1-1/2 baths.
As workforce housing, eligibility criteria apply for all applicants. Household incomes must not be above 60 percent of the area median income. In Carroll County that is $29,580 for one person, $33,780 for two persons, $37,980 for three persons, and $42,180 for a four-person household. Income must also be sufficient to be able to afford the rent. Section 8 vouchers are honored.
Interested people may contact Rick Bourgeois of The Hodges Companies, the management company for Harriman Hill, at (800) 742-4686 for further information and an opportunity to view the apartments. Information can also be found at www.elrhc.org/activities and at www.laclt.org, where a downloadable brochure and an eligibility determination tool are available.
A ceremonial ribbon cutting will take place at the site on June 25. It will be an opportunity to bring together representatives from the local, regional and state boards and agencies, funders, and supporters who have been part of the many year effort to bring workforce housing to Wolfeboro to celebrate the successful completion of the first phase of this project.