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Engine 6 developers vow to press on with homeless plan in Waban

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The developers of a controversial proposal to build affordable housing for formerly homeless people in Newton say they will move forward with their plan, despite an announcement from Mayor Setti Warren last week saying he will block funding for the project.

“We don’t give up easily,” said Jennifer Van Campen, executive director of the private nonprofit Metro West Collaborative Development, which hopes to partner with the Pine Street Inn to turn a historic former fire house on Beacon Street in Waban into apartments for nine chronically homeless people and a staff member who would live on premises.

Metro West has a purchase and sale agreement with the current owners of the firehouse, and Van Campen said she still expects the sale to close as scheduled on Aug. 12.

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