HARVARD -- All is quiet in the search for a developer of affordable housing at 166 Littleton Road, where the town's old poor farm awaits a rebirth.

Greg Schmidt, new chair of the town's Municipal Affordable Housing Trust, said at Monday's meeting that he received only one response to the emails he sent out seeking requests for proposal.

"Maybe it takes a lot longer for these RFPs to get out there for people to see it," he said, adding that summer might be a bad time to be looking for proposals.

The 29-acre parcel belongs to MAHT, which is seeking to sell it to a developer that will adhere to the trust's wishes for affordable housing.

Applicants must have at least five years of experience in housing development and provide a plan for the number and size of units. The RFP, available on the town's website, also requires a mix of one- to three-bedroom units.

Proposals are due Sept. 4; interested parties can also participate in a site walk-through on July 22.

Schmidt said he sent emails alerting potential developers about the open RFP to groups such as the Worcester Area Mission Society, MassDevelopment and Mark O'Hagan of MCO & Associates.

"Now it's hurry up and wait," he said.

Trustees bounced around more ideas for potentially interested developers, including Lou Russo, who developed the Bowers Brook Apartments off Ayer Road.

Trustee Bruce Nickerson said he thought about getting in touch with the Bolton Council on Aging to ask who built their affordable housing units.


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"If we only get a couple of people at the walk-through then I think that we've got to think about revising," Nickerson cautioned.

"Everyone keep looking," Schmidt said. "If you think of something, just send me an email and say 'Hey, have you done this one yet?'"

Trustee David Hopper suggested looking at the Department of Housing and Community Development for potential developers.

"If you see a town interested in doing a friendly 40B, it's a great opportunity because a lot of times you're adversarial in big towns," he said. "It's an opportunity to get in with the blessing of the town."

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