Columbia Care hopes to expand housing

Columbia Care recently got approval from the Medford City Council for a zoning change that will allow for a new 12-unit housing facility.

Posted: May 22, 2019 6:42 PM
Updated: May 22, 2019 6:42 PM

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ma balkenbush is live in west medford. she tells us how columbia care hopes to expand its services and where a new housing facility will go. that new housing facility would go right here in this field at the corner of south columbus and stewart avenue. if you look back there - you can see a few cottages already owned by columbia care. they say this project would essentially expand that housing. one veteran tells me it's something our community needs. "i think it's great." ace harris has lived in these cottages off stewart avenue for a little more than a year now. that's thanks to columbia care.. an organization he couldn't be more thankful for. "columbia care has been very good to the veterans." he's excited to know this empty field will soon give other veterans the same help he got. he says veterans have an increased risk of homelessness because of their way of life in the military. "through their service they've gotten used to having pretty much everything provided for them." but when they get out - many find themselves left without necessary resources - like housing or public assistance. recently - the medford city council approved a zoning change for the organization. it already owns the land - and now it has the approval to build the facility. communications director jennifer says getting the zone change approved will set columbia care up for success in the future. "really this is just the early stages of positioning ourselves to be able to offer more housing in the community." she says when and how the facility is built all depends on funding since the organization is a non-profit. since it's still in the early stages - it's too early to know a few details like what the facility will look like or how much it will cost. harris says no matter how long it takes - it's a much the city council unanimously approved this zone change. city councilor kay wilde tells me this project fits right in with the council's goals to make housing a priority for the community. especially since our region has such a high population new at 6 tonight -- a local helicopter company says
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