Milton Baxter, ONE|NB’s Director of Real Estate and General Counsel, is interviewed
by WJAR about plans to create affordable housing at St. Patrick Church in Cumberland.
By R.J. HEIM, NBC 10 NEWS
CUMBERLAND, R.I. (WJAR) — There are plans in the works to use the historic St. Patrick’s Church building in Cumberland and turn it into affordable housing.
But first, the remains of the Rev. Hugh O’Reilly and his monument on the side lawn have to be relocated.
St. Patrick’s Church on Broad Street has been vacant for more than five years after merging with nearby St. Aidan’s. It was originally built in 1861. However, with the ongoing housing crisis, the town of Cumberland reached out to the nonprofit ONE Neighborhood builders to see if they’d be interested. They are.
Milton Baxter is the nonprofit’s director of real estate and general counsel. ONE Neighborhood has been in operation for seven years, developing affordable housing properties, after it came to be when Olneyville Housing and Community Works RI merged.
“We’ll have about 20 units inside the church, and then the adjoining rectory building which is next door will be razed down to its existing foundation, and a new building will be built there,” Baxter said.
A number of those units will be created for elderly residents that don’t need assistance as offered in nursing homes.