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April

24

2017

The Eagle-Tribune » Paul Tennant
Lawrence: Trinity plans to turn mill into 102 units

LAWRENCE --- Another successful development company is investing in Lawrence, as it was announced recently that Trinity Financial will move forward with plans to invest $48 million to rehabilitate the vacant Van Brodie Mill on the Methuen line into 102 apartments. As part of an agreement with the city, Trinity has agreed, at Mayor Dan Rivera's request, to buy and renovate three distressed triple-deckers. Rivera said he asked Trinity to buy the triple-deckers because he wants to "bring back the neighborhoods." The mayor also said he prefers putting businesses into the old mill buildings – but converting an industrial structure into homes is better than letting the property remain vacant, he added.

April

24

2017

The Patriot Ledger » Jessica Trufant
Weymouth: Non-profit builds 7th home for vets

WEYMOUTH --- State and local leaders were on hand recently to dedicate the opening of an apartment building for low-income military veterans at 741 Main St. Developed by NeighborWorks Southern Mass., it is the seventh housing development the organization has developed in the last eight years. The project was funded with state, federal and NeighborWorks funding. NeighborWorks Southern Mass. Executive Director Rob Corley stressed that federal money is important part of helping vets. “(The funding) has been caught up in a narrative of ‘draining the swamp,’ as you may have heard,” Corley said. “But what I see today is not a swamp. I see jobs. I see community development. I see a tremendous project and great community partnerships.”

April

24

2017

Worcester Telegram » Clieve McFarlane
Homeownership: Worcester scribe decries racial gap

WORCESTER --- One week after the Boston Globe did a story on racial disparities in mortgage lending, Telegram & Gazette columnist Clive McFarlane used the same data from the Massachusetts Community & Banking Council report to write that while the Fair Housing Act of 1968 might've made redlining illegal, "the laws on the books are not necessarily the practices on the streets."

April

20

2017

Cape Cod Times » Christine Legere
Falmouth: Asks developer to do shadow study

FALMOUTH --- In its continuing deliberation over a developer's plan to build 104 apartments downtown, the Zoning Board of Appeals have asked the developer to do an impact study of shadows the proposed four-story building may cast, while also asking that the developer include first-floor retail in the plans. The developer was cool to both suggestions.

April

19

2017

Fitchburg Sentinel » Amanda Burke
Fitchburg: Makes case for HUD grant programs

FITCHBURG --- For 31 years, National Community Development Week has been a time where local lawmakers are encouraged to come out and see improvements funded by two federal grant programs - HUD's Community Development Block Grant Program and the HOME Investment Partnership Program. This year, with federal cuts looming, city and nonprofit officials highlighted all the improvements made with these funds and what could happen if these programs were cut or eliminated.

April

19

2017

Boston Globe » Katie Johnston
Homeownership: Stats show racial disparities persist

BROCKTON --- Naomi Cordova's decision to settle for buying a home in Brockton underscores the racial divisions of homeownership around the region, where only five communities accounted for almost half of the homes bought by black borrowers in 2015, and where seven communities accounted for 42 percent of the homes purchased by Latinos.

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