By Robert D. Utter
NORTH STONINGTON - The people of North Stonington still do not want the Town to pursue affordable housing options in the area of Wright and Wintechog Hill Roads.
With 661 voters coming to the polls Jan. 13, Monday, 347 answered ‘No” to the question, “Shall the Town of North Stonington be authorized to negotiate the sale of the property located at 163 Wintechog Hill Road for the development of affordable housing?”
Only 314 voted in favor of the question, which would have authorized the Town to seek proposals from non-profit housing developers to purchase the land there to create up to 55-bedrooms worth of housing for entry-level wage earners and those, like some older people, on fixed income.
Margaret Leonard, chairman of the North Stonington Affordable Housing Committee, was disappointed by the outcome of the vote but not surprised
“As a committee we will continue to work with the community for input on what is wanted and where we want it,” she said the afternoon following the referendum.
Volunteers for Keep North Stonington Affordable had been working to get voters to the polls.
While 661 is only 15.3 percent of North Stonington’s registered voters (as of 10/29/19), the turnout was larger than most single question turnouts.
The Secretary of State lists 4,332 registered voters in town: 1,227 Republicans; 1,049 Democrats; 60 members of the Green, Independent, or Libertarian parties; and 1,996 who are unaffiliated.
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