West Barnstable development awaits residents
It took more than a few decades, but the Lombard Farm in West Barnstable has finally come back to the village it calls home.
Soon, others will call it home. On March 26 a ribbon- cutting ceremony was held, heralding the completion of the new affordable housing development.
The new residence will house up to 18 of the Cape’s 55+ population with low- to moderate-income in 12 apartments.
“This has been a property the Town of Barnstable has wanted to develop for a long, long time,” said Rick Presbrey, CEO of Housing Assistance Corporation. “I think everybody’s happy.”
The property has been a part of Barnstable history since 1754 when Parker Lombard left it to the town with the understanding that it would be used to benefit the poor. The property was actually known as the “poor farm” until the 1970s.
“So much of what we do is not about building buildings,” said Presbrey. “It’s about helping people get back on their feet.”
Prior to the ribbon-cutting local officials, future residents, town dignitaries, and many who were involved in bringing the project to fruition enjoyed tours of the ground level of the building, which will feature day rooms and an on-site laundry.
Jack Delaney, a member of HAC’s board of trustees, called the building “a great reward for the Town of Barnstable. I guarantee you this building will win a national award for affordable housing.”
Assistant Town Manager Tom Lynch joked about the protective booties folks wore to keep the floors clean, and praised the efforts it took to make Lombard Farm a reality.
“I want to thank everyone for the opportunity to put these booties on,” he said. “The building is wonderful, but it’s the people that are going to move in here [that really matter.] They are going to be a part of this village. It was a wonderful project to be part of.”
The application deadline for Lombard Farm is April 3 at 3 p.m. For more information, call 508-771-4141.