Developers have given up on a controversial proposal to build affordable housing for homeless people in Newton.
“Our purchase and sale expired,” said Jennifer Van Campen, executive director of Metro West Collaborative Development, a private nonprofit that had proposed to turn a historic former firehouse on Beacon Street in Waban into apartments for nine chronically homeless people and a residential staff member.
The proposal raised the ire of many in the wealthy neighborhood, who said they were worried about their children’s safety and dropping property values.
Mayor Setti Warren announced over the summer that he would block $1.4 million in federal grant money that the project needed to purchase the building. The purchase and sale was extended once, but expired on Oct. 3. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.