Greenfield City Councilor proposing temporary solution for Town Common campers

Franklin County

More and more homeless people are camping out on the Greenfield Town Common. 

The Town Common is the one city-owned property where they can legally set up tents and stay overnight.

Greenfield City Councilor Isaac Mass has proposed moving the campers to the former Wedgewood Gardens mobile home park on Kimball Drive. He’s also proposed an ordinance that would prevent camping on the common. 

“I just feel it’s going to grow and become a whole city down here because it is an open area,” said Angelica Brewer of Greenfield. “But it is at least an alternative for somewhere they can stay, and it’s not right in the center of the city.”

Councilor Mass’ proposal would allow homeless people to come to this city-owned property and camp out between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m., which they can only do right now on the Town Common.

Mass said this would just be a temporary solution for the campers on the common. Mass told 22News the city would have to change its ordinance codes for public lands in order to allow them to stay at the former mobile home park. 

“It has a bus route, it has a paved access road, it’s huge,” said Madelynn Malloy, Homeless Resident in Greenfield. “The problem is just the laws. It’s a legality issue. And trying to change the laws, takes time.” 

Mass said the City Council will discuss his two proposals at their next meeting in August. 

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