Ocean View Foundation gifts two homes

Thu, 03/21/2019 - 4:15pm

The following was submitted by the Ocean View Foundation:

The Ocean View Foundation has announced that it has recently completed a gift of two houses to the Block Island Housing Board. The Foundation’s gift of the two houses, known as “Muffin” and “Shortcake,” facilitated the sale of these two properties to two island families. Funds generated from the sale will allow the Housing Board to further its mission of providing stable year-round housing on Block Island.

Two island families now own their own homes. OVF was instrumental in preserving these properties, and the lots where they now stand were created under the Affordable Housing section of the New Shoreham zoning ordinance, which is designated for year-round housing.

The two buildings were either built new or moved and renovated with Jeffrey Rigby Leather as the architect, and Doug Michel as the builder. “Shortcake” was finished in 2007, and “Muffin” following in 2009. “Muffin” was featured in an Ocean View Foundation film called “Block Island Shuffle,” which is about the housing shortage here on the island.

A number of the features of both houses were designated with green materials, as well as the sustainable feature of solar hot water panels. The green building concepts were presented to the community in 2007 as models for environmentally-sensitive building components.

The distinctive trim colors of the houses — “Shortcake” in pink and “Muffin” in orange — were taken from the paint colors discovered in the original outhouse that remains on the property.

The Ocean View Foundation continues its presence on Block Island with the Ocean View Pavilion and weekly programs during the summer, as well as the Cullinan House on the West Side.