GROTON — Selectmen this week were presented with a plan by representatives of Habitat for Humanity to build a single-family home on a .8-acre lot off Drumlin Hill Road.
According to Habitat representative Terri Ragot, the land was donated by Jay Decoteau after he failed to receive permission from the town to build on it himself.
Although nonconforming, Ragot said that Habitat planned to apply for some form of Chapter 40B affordable housing.
Habitat for Humanity, which has already completed one project in town, only builds affordable homes for buyers who otherwise would not be able to afford purchasing on their own. Potential owners from across the state who qualify are chosen by lottery, and must spend a certain amount of time helping in its construction.
“This lot would be in keeping with everything else in the area,” said Ragot.
The town’s recently approved affordable housing plan requires creating a minimum number of affordable units each year, said Selectman Peter Cunningham. The project would qualify toward meeting that target.
“I would be in favor of supporting (the project),” said Cunningham.
Nevertheless, board Chairman George (Fran) Dillon predicted that the proposal would be controversial among residents in the neighborhood. For that reason he decided that selectmen could not endorse the plan without public input on the subject.
A public hearing on the issue was scheduled for June 20.
Also Monday, the board awarded Firefighter Mark Schorn with a special pin recognizing 10 years of service to the town. Then fire Chief Joseph Bosselait presented the design of new patches to be worn by Fire Department personnel.
The new shoulder patch, said Bosselait, emphasized the joint mission of the town’s newly merged fire and emergency medical services (EMS) departments summarized in the department’s motto, “Together we serve the community.”