How many students are expected?

The number of proposed apartments and the proposed apartment sizes won’t be known until the proposals are received and one is chosen. It is not possible to project the number of students until that time.

It is also illegal under the Fair Housing Act of 1968 as well as under the Massachusetts Fair Housing Law to discriminate against families with children.

 https://www.hud.gov/program_offices/fair_housing_equal_opp/fair_housing_act_overview

https://www.mass.gov/fair-housing-law

That said, Joe Pato and Rod Cole of the School Enrollment Working Group wrote an open letter in Feb 2023 in regards to concerns over a hypothetical addition to Lexington of 1200-1500 households in connection with the MBTA Multi-Family and the SRD 2023 Town Meeting Zoning Articles The findings from the Five Year Enrollment Forecasts for Lexington Public School: FY2015-FY2020 Report of the Enrollment Group study show that new developments take time to fill out (from a student enrollment perspective) and that even when fully occupied have an occupancy ratio less than 1 per unit (since the majority of units don’t have students). Further, student ages tend to span multiple grades. For instance, if one looks just at the elementary schools, broadly there were approximately 10,000 households and 6 elementary schools so roughly 1600 households per elementary school. https://zoom.joepato.org/2023/02/open-letter-regarding-the-effects-of-housing-expansion-on-school-enrollment/

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1. Why is there an urgent need for housing that is affordable?
2. Who lives in affordable housing?
3. What are the benefits for Lexington as a community of approving Article 33?
4. What is Article 33 asking Town Meeting to do?
5. What is Parcel 68-44?
6. Why are the Select Board and the Affordable Housing Trust considering Parcel 68-44 for affordable housing?
7. Is the Parcel feasible to develop?
8. What are the goals for this parcel?
9. Why all affordable?
10. What comes next?
11. What are the Town's options for this parcel if Warrant Article 33 passes?
12. Who develops affordable housing?
13. How is affordable housing financed?
14. What will be the Town's anticipated commitment?
15. Why is a LIP 40B Comprehensive Permit recommended?
16. What is the Comprehensive Permit Process?
17. What is the process followed by the Zoning Board of Appeals?
18. How long will the whole process take?
19. Will the new MBTA Multi-family zoning and the revised Special Residential Development zoning create affordable housing?
20. Is another Town Meeting approval required?
21. What is the Request for Proposals (RFP) likely to include?
22. How much affordable housing is expected to be built?
23. Will a traffic study be conducted?
24. What about walkability to and from the site?
25. What service is provided by Lexpress?
26. How many students are expected?
27. How will this proposal affect property values?
28. Will environmental concerns be considered?
29. Is the infrastructure adequate?
30. What about construction noise, impact on traffic, Lowell Street closures and contractor parking
31. What would be the income of people living there?
32. What are the opportunities for community engagement?
33. Outreach to Date
34. Will the units be affordable in perpetuity?
35. How will affordability be guaranteed in perpetuity?
36. Will any units be "attainable"?
37. Will any units be market rate?
38. Is there a projected cost of building 50 units? Are there sufficient AHT and CPA funds to cover the construction cost?
39. I would like to better understand the Lexpress service as it could be used by future residents of parcel 68-44