Housing News Roundup
To keep in touch with what's going on at the local level, MHP regularly summarizes and links to housing stories that have appeared in newspapers around the state.
W. Newbury: Small, clustered homes for nesters, single pros WEST NEWBURY --- With the Cottages at River Hill, West Newbury is the latest in a small sample of developments around the state that are offering smaller homes and clustered neighborhoods targeted at empty nesters and single professionals.
Publication: Boston Globe, Sep 3, 2015
Auburn: HA searches for answers in wake of child's death WORCESTER --- Teary eyed and once having to leave the room, Auburn Housing Authority board chairman Wayne Page said the housing authority did not know that the police had been called 60 times to the housing authority home where a 2-year-old foster child died on Aug. 15. Page said from now on, the housing authority will work to have a better handle on how many children live in their homes and to make sure they are safe.
Publication: Worcester Telegram, Sep 1, 2015
Lawrence: Population growth pressures housing, study says LAWRENCE --- A housing study commissioned by Mayor Daniel Rivera and co-funded by MHP predicts that in the next two decades, the city will grow by 410 households per year while adding only 310 units annually. The $46,000 study, done by Rivera so he could get a handle on the city's housing situation, said the shortfall will put additional pressure on the city,, which is plagued by a low vacancy rate (3.9 percent), rising rents and a housing stock in which half of the 27,000 units were built before World War II.
Publication: The Eagle Tribune, Aug 31, 2015
Amherst: CPA funds help keep 41 apartments affordable AMHERST --- Selectmen signed documents authorizing permanent affordable restrictions for 41 units at the 204-unit Rolling Green Apartments, punctuating a long effort in which the town used $1.2 million in CPA funds to help preserve the affordable units. Beacon Communities of Boston ended up buying the property, financing it with federal low-income housing tax credits awarded by the state and $8.7 million in loans from the Life Initiative.
Publication: Amherst Gazette, Aug 28, 2015
Arlington: Wetland impact key to 219-unit 40B debate ARLINGTON --- Impact on wetlands is a primary concern of residents and the town in its oppositin to a 219-unit housing development being proposed by Oaktree Development for the so-called Mugar family property near Rt. 2.
Publication: Boston Globe, Aug 28, 2015
Boston: ACDC uses candy to start vision process for Parcel 12 BOSTON --- In a first step toward creating a community vision for Parcel 12, one of the last undeveloped properties in Chinatown, the Asian Community Development Corp. brought residents together, gave them a budget and had them build a hypothetical housing development with candy to show them how much it costs and the impact affordable apartments have on development budgets.
Publication: Sampan, Aug 28, 2015
Burlington: Grants OK for 2nd phase of tech park housing BURLINGTON --- With construction of 180 units underway, Nordblom Development Company has received approval from the planning board to proceed with an additional 120 apartments, 10 percent of which would be affordable. The two phases are part of a Planned Development District OK'd by town meeting in 2007 for Northwest Park, a mixed-use technology park.
Publication: Woburn Daily Times Chronicle, Aug 28, 2015
Westport: May restart rehab program for affordable homes WESTPORT --- With rehabilitating affordable homes and keeping them on the town's subsidized inventory a top priority, the Westford Affordable Housing Trust Fund is working with the town to seek approval from the state to resume the town's housing rehabilitation program.
Publication: New Bedford Standard Times, Aug 28, 2015
Acton: As residents balk, nonprofit works to reshape 40B ACTON --- While residents are reacting negatively to a Ch. 40B proposal for a historic 2.7 acre lot on Elm St. near an elementary school, the town's nonprofit housing corporation is working with the developer to come up with an alternative plan that could work better for the neighborhood.
Publication: The Beacon, Aug 27, 2015
Newton: ZBA could vote on 135-unit Rowe St. 40B in Oct. NEWTON --- The city's zoning board of appeals could vote on a Ch. 40B permit application to build 135 units in Auburndale in October after the developer declined to alter the project or make any further presentations at a public hearing on Aug. 20.
Publication: Newton Tab, Aug 25, 2015