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Brownsville tiny home development hits regulatory roadblock

Published: 9/29/2022 8:39:37 PM
Modified: 9/29/2022 8:39:59 PM

BROWNSVILLE — A quest to build tiny homes along Mill Brook in Brownsville ended Friday, when a state official visited the project site and told the property’s owner Mark Morse that river corridor restrictions applied to the property, preventing development there.

Current owners and West Windsor residents Morse and his partner Yulia Moskvina had the town’s approval to proceed with the project, which they called Ascutney Lofts. 

They planned to build five 420-square-foot short-term rental units, but under restrictions as they are currently defined, no water or sewer system may be installed on the plot. The effort, supported by the town after months of discussion, intended to alleviate the demand for rentals in the area.

“People have nowhere to stay when they come in from out of town for local big events,” said Morse, who rents his own home through Airbnb on weekends such as during the recent national equestrian trials and competition held in Woodstock, adding that Moskvina also rents a bedroom in her condo through the service and they field a constant demand.

The 2.4-acre plot, which sits next to the village post office, had an Act 250 permit tagged to it when it was part of a subdivision under previous ownership. 

Per state statutes, the parcel of land may not have any structure, excavation, or development of any kind, preventing any type of growth envisioned by owners — or outlined in the town plan.



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