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Keeping North Stonington Affordable (KNSA) proposes building 25 affordable rental apartment homes at Wrights Road on currently town-owned land.

Gaining site control of approximately 10 acres is the first step in seeking state or private funding to build these rental apartments. Site control and how long it is held is governed by state statute 8-24. It states the following: the Board of Selectmen must consider and pass approval to the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z); upon P&Z consideration and approval, the question is passed to the people either at a town meeting or referendum for consideration. If site control is obtained, but funding is not secured within a specified time, the land would revert back to the town.

Use of this land for affordable housing would honor the desire of the donors when they gifted 109 acres of land to the town. Our plan of conservation and development supports the need for more affordable choices in housing.

North Stonington has only 1.2% deed-restricted affordable housing, the lowest in our region. This is an opportunity to address that need. Keeping North Stonington Affordable is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt corporation with a board of directors comprised of North Stonington residents. Our motto is: ”Providing a Hometown Solution.” Your support will help provide a solution to the housing shortage in our town.

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Updated: Jun 11, 2023

a Report of the progress from 2022-2023

Search for Land- Our search for land on which to build led us to property on Hickory Ridge. We were encouraged that much work had been done to site 2 four bedroom homes on the property which we could rework to two 2 bedroom duplexes. We were assured of financing from Local Incentives Service Corporation (USC} and submitted a bid. We were outbid and dropped the property from our search. Town-owned lots in Kingswood-Meadowood were explored with the First Selectman, Bob Carlson. A letter sent to KNSA detailed the difficulty of development there because of the soil type/drainage. Any further investigation of these issues would have to be undertaken by the developer (KNSA).

KNSA is working with our consultant to submit a schematic to our town selectmen for a

25-bedroom apartment complex on town-owned property on Wintechog Hill. To this end, we signed a contract with Patriquin Architects, PC on March 16, 2023, to prepare an architectural site plan, a typical unit plan, and other architectural services, different from previous plans the Town has seen. This contract also states that they will meet virtually with Town Staff, KNSA, and other stakeholders to discuss two approaches.

The approval for obtaining site control of this 8.5 acre parcel must be through the 8-24 process which controls the disposal of town-owned properties. The residents of North Stonington would have to approve the sale of the property at a town meeting. The target date for this being brought to to a town meeting - perhaps in early Fall.

Watch here for more updates!!

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North Stonington has been singled out for its “paltry 1.2 percent” of affordable

housing in The Day newspaper’s editorial Sunday, Aug. 21. North Stonington

again is cited in another article as having the lowest percentage of affordable

housing in New London and Windom counties. As Paul Choinere, former editorial

writer of The Day, says “People need a place to live. That should be the priority.”

North Stonington has long prided itself in being a “working class” town, but lack

of affordable housing has made that a false perception. Because we lack housing,

we deprive our town of the vitality and diversity that makes a town livable. We

are talking of housing for teachers, municipal workers, librarians, nurses, essential

workers and seniors. Many young adults, who grew up here, would like to remain

in North Stonington but find that housing is not affordable and have to move


Forcing up housing cost are restrictive zoning laws which site homes on large lots

which are environmentally destructive (urban sprawl has cost CT 13 acres of

farmland per day for the last 25 years!) and make the cost of building housing

more expensive.

Let’s make our town proud and progressive , by showing support for housing

choices that are affordable, not being the “paltry” 1.2 percenters.

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