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May

24

2017

Dorchester Reporter » Jennifer Smith
Boston: City data shows rent dip in older properties

DORCHESTER --- City data is showing that while rents for newly constructed units continue to climb, properties built before 2011 have seen a four percent drop in prices in the city overall and five percent in Dorchester.

May

24

2017

The Bedford Citizen » Dot Bergin
Bedford: Signs of activity at Coast Guard site

BEDFORD --- A recent story in the Bedford Citizen noted that the clearing of trees has begun on the former Coast Guard site, a seemingly insignificant blurb until you consider that the activity is the end of the beginning of a three-year effort by the town to get control of the site. The town worked with the federal government, used its local housing trust to get a six-month option to purchase the site and then the town issued a Request for Proposal from developers who would agree to buy the land under the condition that it would pursue the town's guidelines that 30 mixed-income apartments or condos be built on the site rather than five high-priced homes. The link above takes you to a January story that reports on the selection of the developer. Whatever is built, there will be affordable units which will add to the town's count, which is currently over 18 percent, believed to be the fifth highest in the state.

May

24

2017

MAPC newsletter
Data: MAPC relaunches new MassBuild database

BOSTON --- The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) has relaunched and rebranded its development data base which tracks development across the Commonwealth. Designed to help the development community, municipalities and planners plan, MAPC has renamed this initiative MassBuilds and has developed a new web site tool which will allow users to research what's been built where and to download data to do analysis on development trends and needs.

May

23

2017

Newton Tab » Laura Lovett
Newton: 160-apt transit block plan now has buffer

NEWTON --- The Newton developer who is hoping to transform a busy Newton intersection near the Mass Pike and the commuter rail into a mixed-use development with 160 apartments has submitted new plans to the City Council which creates an abutter buffer zone between the project and a nearby street.

May

23

2017

Boston Globe » Robert Scalese
Malden: Mayor prefers housing mix for hospital

MALDEN --- Vacant for more than a decade, the 17.6 acre Malden Hospital site is back in the news, with City Councilor John Matheson pushing that the site keep its zoning and be re-purposed into single-family homes and open space while Mayor Gary Christenson is leaning toward a proposal by developer Tony Green to build 18 cottages, 72 condos and 224 apartments while leaving seven acres as open space with walking trails. Christenson indicated he thinks Green's plan is a better fit for the city as long as the developer continues to address neighborhood concerns.

May

23

2017

Barnstable Patriot » Bronwen Howells Walsh
Hyannis: Developer asks for inclusionary waiver

HYANNIS --- The developer who is proposing to build 30 market-rate condos on the former site of the Dockside Restaurant has asked the town to waive its inclusionary zoning bylaw that requires that 10 percent of the units be affordable, arguing that the project represents the redevelopment of a property into a new neighborhood and that requiring three affordable units represents an extra $400,000 to $600,000 in project costs.

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