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Williamstown To Accept FEMA Grant to Acquire Damaged Mobile Home Park

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The Board of Selectmen in Williamstown has given town manager Peter Fohlin the authorization to sign off on a $6.1 million grant for the town to acquire and close a mobile home park partially destroyed in 2011 by Tropical Storm Irene.

Fohlin said that before Williamstown can accept the FEMA grant which would be used specifically to remove housing from the Spruces Mobile Home Park, the town will have to negotiate a transfer of ownership and operation of the park from current owners Morgan Management.

Fohlin said that he expects a conference call with Morgan Management and Attorney General Martha Coakley this week will begin that process.  

The town’s final acceptance of the grant would not solve the issues surrounding finding a suitable location to build replacement affordable housing for the residents of the Spruces, an ongoing subject of intense debate in Williamstown.

Lucas Willard is a reporter and host at WAMC Northeast Public Radio, which he joined in 2011.
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