Affordable Housing Complex In Canton 'A Different Paradigm'

Cherie Griffith-Dunn, president of the relatively new Hartford-based development company VLO Group New England, wants to build an environmentally friendly affordable housing complex. Full Story
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Joe Schmo

Burlington, MA

#2 Dec 22, 2008
Where?? Forget to leave out that important piece of info???
Katie

United States

#3 Dec 22, 2008
I'll point out that Canton is one of the only places I can think of where "affordable housing" includes $240,000 homes. How on earth that is "affordable", especially in this economy, is beyond me.

At least they won't be McMansions, if the biggest units are 1850 square feet...
village idiot

Sandy Hook, CT

#4 Dec 22, 2008
Isn't a 30% profit a little excessive? The homes would be more affordable if she, and other developers, would go after more reasonable return on their investment. That would be one way to put more people in homes, while lowering the risk of forclosure. However, I congratulate her for not trying to build more 3000 sq ft homes, that buyers can't afford to furnish.
zzzzzzzzz

Newington, CT

#5 Dec 22, 2008
Affordable housing? Look at the ever increasing property taxes in the northeast. They are equal to a second mortgage in many cases!
Yup

Vernon Rockville, CT

#6 Dec 22, 2008
Building 2 houses a day, with completion done in 3 & 1/2 months? What's the quality on something like that?
Woody Nesbit

Winsted, CT

#7 Dec 22, 2008
30% profit and she calls that a compromise? And trying to get her sleazy development in under the flags of environmentally positive and affordable housing? PZC should laugh her out of the room. Developers are predators who destroy landscapes. They homogenize communities, and raise taxes.

Predators. Predators and pigs.
Reality Check

East Hartford, CT

#8 Dec 22, 2008
Affordable is based on the median home price for the town. For example, an affordable home in Wilton would be $300,000.

So...the prices quoted are accurate. The state would set the prices once the application get approved. That is my understanding. If this development classifies as affordable, there is nothing the town can do to stop it.
Haddam Resident

Harwich, MA

#9 Dec 22, 2008
IN theory the bleeding heart liberal proposal makes sense except for the historical and documented fact and evidence that people who are GIVEN housing DESTROY it and it becomes an eyesore since there is no pride of ownership. I am totally against it!!! Fight it Canton Fight it!!! Check out the Middletown Prime Water view housing that went up - it is already defaced and it's going downhill on schedule.
FAV

East Hartford, CT

#10 Dec 22, 2008
Why in hell do we taxpayers have to chip in for housing that is anything but affordable to the average person. Isn't this more socialism for the rich developers and builders?
RISING STAR

Gloucester, MA

#11 Dec 22, 2008
I don't know where some of these posters actually live (not their ISP address), but $240k is definitely a reasonable price for new home construction.

For those who think that some who can afford the housing and has the credit to get a mortgage will destroy their living space - that's absurd.

Either there is a hint of jealousy against the developer and those who can afford the housing or some are just plain ignorant.

Either choice isn't a very good one and speaks volumes as to what you are striving for and used to having in your own lives.
Eddy Merckx

Cromwell, CT

#12 Dec 22, 2008
It seams the mixed retail residential thing is quite confusing to the outer ring suburb managers, and citizens, and the voice of at least one poster here shows the lack of understanding, the proposed homes are not given away they are sold at prices of $175,000.00 up to $240,000.000. I don;t know where folk have been but in CT $175,000.00 is very affordable, it is very similar to say Rochester NY area where housing cost are substantially less than about any CT suburb, The Prices are higher in CT because there is a higher demand to live here as compared to western NY, and thusly the prices are higher, its always been that way in real-estate , The sound of scared people is always a sad thing, And yes this is socialism for potential home owners, socialism has always been a huge part of the American way of life, it is pathetic that such a large number of Americans are so blinded by political rhetoric that they can't see what has always been right in front of them, so calm down, affordable housing is exactly what every single city, town, and village in America needs, So the citizens in Canton need to read and understand the specifics of this proposal, and make an educated decision as to its benefit to the citizens of the town, and then force their elected officials to do the majorities bidding, its call social responsibility.
Later fellow citizens,
Cherie Griffith-Dunn

Milford, MA

#13 Dec 22, 2008
Regine, Thank you for a well written article, I wish you much success in your future endeavors.
Cherie Griffith-Dunn

Milford, MA

#14 Dec 22, 2008
Yup wrote:
Building 2 houses a day, with completion done in 3 & 1/2 months? What's the quality on something like that?
Yup, the homes that I am building are modular and the quality will not be compromised just the opposite they will be well engineered in an environmentally controlled facility.
If you have any other questions please visit me at www.vlogroupne.com
A Hartford Resident

AOL

#15 Dec 22, 2008
OMGosh I have never seen so much negative and uninformed criticism over such a great idea. The majority of the comments on this article obviously have not done their homework. If you were to simply google VLO Group New England or the non-profit arm VLO Community Enterprise Corporation one can easily see that they are doing wonderful things. Not sure where you all live but even in this economy and with the housing crisis you can't even touch an old condo for under 200k. These homes are state of the art modular, eco-friendly, energy star and energy efficient single family homes in a community that has a property manager. Brand new and beautiful homes. Also, providing affordable housing in the State of CT requires very strict guidelines and the State of CT seeks out and supports developers that offer brand new homes at these prices. I would love to buy one of these homes for I would be paying less for the mortgage then I now pay to rent an apartment with the high rent and even higher, heat, hot water, electric and gas costs. These homes arrive shrink wrapped and are merely re-assembled within 24-48 hours. They are fully finished inside and out and have top shelp appliances and fixtures. Modular housing is treated no different than on-site housing these days in fact in many cases the appraissed prices of the home are higher. These homes I would guess from their descriptions would most likely have market values close to 400k. Think of it this way, if you were going to purchase a brand new car - would you want it to be assembled outside over a period of months with all different weather entering the inside of your car?... or would you prefer it be assembled inside a factory?... and then delivered to you shrink-wrapped in your driver. This is a welcome answer to the familing housing market... not to mention the jobs it will create in our state.
ZonedOut

Benet Lake, WI

#16 Dec 22, 2008
The Town of Canton might want to consider affordable housing/apartments for those who are low income and not seniors. Canton has a very diverse socioeconomic population. There seems to be no housing for those who are low income. These people do live within the town and many are mixed into a community with individuals who have committed various crimes. Canton may also want to consider hiring a professsional who puts the pieces of a town together appropriately. Make the design match. Zone appropriately. Don't build a wealthy housing community next to a sanitation business and then complain about it. Don't build a Doggy Daycare Center next to homes where the noise level will scare neighbors out of their skulls. Zone effeciently, build appropriately and design accordingly.
hmm

Milford, CT

#17 Dec 22, 2008
Rolling in those mobile homes. perfect, just what we need...

We already have high density homes, look at Spoonwood and Powdermill. Lots so small, you cut your lawn with barber clippers.

More residential homes in an already over developed area along with more load on the schools...

[Quote who="Reporter"]The high-density development would be close to other such developments as Dyer Farm, Powder Mill and Cantonbury Heights, according to the application.[/quote]

Nice reporting, I assume we're supposed to guess where this is proposed...I suspect this is on the hillside where the Cantonbury Heights stripped all the land a few years back or behind the NE General Store.

Ah, the difference b/t a car and house off the assembly line are obvious. A house isn't meant to be rolled around, and its sheer mass and weight will tend to "loosen things" up when it travels over the stellar roads we have. It makes only one trip across the highway, not 200,000 miles... To suggest a factory affordable mobile is a better quality than a custom home because it is built inside like a car, is just nuts.
A Hartford Resident

AOL

#18 Dec 22, 2008
These are eco-friendly modular homes with foundations - they don't loosen up upon transport. Mobile homes are RV's that you take to a camp ground. I think you are confused between "modular" and "mobile" homes. These are also not "high density". I would love a small lawn in trade for living in the city picking up other people's litter on my porch. The right for every middle income (Main St.) American to own a home needs to be made available for those that want to own their home and care for it. I know a ton of professionals, single, divorced, hard working Mom's and Dad's that cannot afford a sprawling yard and don't want one. They simply want to own their own home. I am sizing down my whole life since we are not soon going to be out of this worst in my lifetime economic collapse. You seem to be of the us and them attitude like those of us who currently have no equity in a home are less of a person than someone with a home and a huge sprawling yard?

Since: Jun 07

Alexandria, VA

#19 Dec 22, 2008
Try finding a home under $500,000 in lower Fairfield county.
Dan

Avon, CT

#20 Dec 23, 2008
hmm wrote:
Rolling in those mobile homes. perfect, just what we need...
We already have high density homes, look at Spoonwood and Powdermill. Lots so small, you cut your lawn with barber clippers.
More residential homes in an already over developed area along with more load on the schools...
[Quote who="Reporter"]The high-density development would be close to other such developments as Dyer Farm, Powder Mill and Cantonbury Heights, according to the application.[/quote]
Nice reporting, I assume we're supposed to guess where this is proposed...I suspect this is on the hillside where the Cantonbury Heights stripped all the land a few years back or behind the NE General Store.
Ah, the difference b/t a car and house off the assembly line are obvious. A house isn't meant to be rolled around, and its sheer mass and weight will tend to "loosen things" up when it travels over the stellar roads we have. It makes only one trip across the highway, not 200,000 miles... To suggest a factory affordable mobile is a better quality than a custom home because it is built inside like a car, is just nuts.
Modular homes are absolutely not mobile homes. The framing and siding of the house is previously made in a factory in smaller transportable sizes, and then delivered to the lot and set to the foundation. The only difference between modular construction and the common platform construction found in many homes is the fact that modular is just made somewhere else first. The quality may be even higher than that of a standard home, and made more inexpensively by a factory.

Think about it this way, would you rather have your home built in a factory with precision instruments and expertise behind quality....or by a group of contractors hung over outside fiending for their lunch break? Modular homes may soon be the future.
Where

Plymouth, CT

#21 Dec 23, 2008
Where in Canton are these proposed to be built?
Cherie Griffith-Dunn wrote:
<quoted text>
Yup, the homes that I am building are modular and the quality will not be compromised just the opposite they will be well engineered in an environmentally controlled facility.
If you have any other questions please visit me at www.vlogroupne.com

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