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Greenfield to buy Deerfield St. property

Plans to raze property, set up veterans housing

Recorder/Paul Franz
The burned-out house at 106-108 Deerfield St. in Greenfield will be bought by the town and razed. Eventually, the lot may be used for affordable housing for veterans.

Recorder/Paul Franz The burned-out house at 106-108 Deerfield St. in Greenfield will be bought by the town and razed. Eventually, the lot may be used for affordable housing for veterans. Purchase photo reprints »

GREENFIELD — The town will purchase a property on Deerfield Street, which may eventually be used for affordable veterans housing.

Mayor William Martin asked Town Council this week to approve the purchase of the front lot of the property at 106-108 Deerfield St. The house on the front lot of that property was destroyed by fire and has been condemned by the town’s building inspector.

Council voted to spend the $10,000, which will come out of the town’s “sale of town-owned property” account, to purchase the property.

The lot is currently assessed at $43,700, according to town assessor records.

There is a second lot to the back of the property, which the town has no intention of purchasing. It is owned by Martha Shibilo, who lives in the house on the back lot.

Martin said after the town purchases the property it will seek a Community Development Block Grant to pay for demolition of the house. Block grants are federal grants funneled through the state, which are used to clean up blight.

He said it will cost between $40,000 and $60,000 to demolish the building.

The mayor said he has talked some with the Greenfield Housing Authority about it eventually taking the property and building housing for veterans there, but no decisions have been reached.

Martin said the town will talk more about the property after it takes ownership.

Marjorie Lane Kelly, the town’s finance director, said there are no back taxes owed on the property.

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