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.
Brighton: Brighton Landing approved to add 250 units BRIGHTON --- The BRA recently approved the addition of 250 residential units to the mixed-use Boston Landing project. The project also received approval for an additional 15,000 square feet of retail space.
Publication: Banker & Tradesman, Aug 18, 2014
Boston: Longtime activist, Urban Edge co-founder remembered BOSTON --- Longtime Jamaica Plain activist Helene C. Leary, who joined activists in opposing an expressway through JP and later helped start the non-profit Urban Edge to fight red-lining and make the real estate market more open to all people, died on July 27 at age 92.
Publication: Boston Globe, Aug 13, 2014
MV: Housing shortage more acute than ever, Islanders say MARTHA'S VINEYARD --- Islanders say the age-old problem of finding summer and year-round affordable housing seems worse than ever this summer, what with an improving economy, a nearly sold-out rental vacation market and 3,500 people who have joined a Facebook page called "MV Housing Rentals."
Publication: Vineyard Gazette, Aug 12, 2014
Nantucket: Construction to begin on 40 ownership units NANTUCKET --- More than 40 years after 9.2 acres was set aside for affordable housing, the Housing Assistance Corp. of Cape Cod and Habitat for Humanity are preparing to begin construction on 40 affordable homes that will be sold to income-qualified homebuyers making between 80 ($58,750) and 150 percent ($110,250) of the area's median income.
Publication: Cape & Plymouth Business, Aug 11, 2014
Saugus: Joins with 3 towns, will hire housing planner SAUGUS --- Saugus has entered into a four-town regional housing service agreement with Reading, North Reading and Wilmington. The four towns will fund a regional housing planner position that will focus on helping the four towns develop and maintain affordable housing.
Publication: Saugus Advertiser, Aug 10, 2014
Fall River: City's market-rate mill plan meets opposition FALL RIVER --- A few days after the city floated the idea of using state tax credits to build market rate housing in a tax-delinquent abandoned mill in the South End, residents reacted negatively, saying the last thing the neighborhood needs is housing and fearing that the market-rate units would never lease up and end up becoming subsidized low-income housing.
Publication: Fall River Herald News, Aug 5, 2014
BBJ report: High prices, low production could curb growth BOSTON --- In a Boston Business Journal cover story, real estate reporter Thomas Grillo examines why Greater Boston's meager housing production has resulted in higher home prices that could threaten the region's economic growth, if employers and employees choose to move elsewhere.
Publication: Boston Business Journal, Aug 1, 2014
Jamaica Plain: Zoning commitee nixes 4-unit compromise BOSTON --- In a decision that a developer's representative called "unbelievable," the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC) Zoning Committee on July 16 voted 5-4 against a plan to demolish a two-family home at 71 South St. and replace it with a four-unit building. Developer Peter Fenn worked with neighbors for two years on a compromise that cut his plan from five to four units but three residents who were not part of the compromise discussions rejected it. Fenn needed an affirmative vote because the property is zoned for three units max.
Publication: Jamaica Plain Gazette, Aug 1, 2014
Hopedale: 20 years later, 16-unit 40B bid back before town HOPEDALE --- Delayed for almost 20 years due to a resident challenge and then a slumping housing market, the town is now being asked to consider a developer's bid to seek a Ch. 40B comprehensive permit from the town to build a 16 single-family homes off Boyd Road, which is off off Hopedale St. just south of Rt. 16.
Publication: Milford Daily News, Jul 31, 2014
Quincy: OKs plan to convert commercial site into 23 condos QUINCY - Quincy-based developer Peter McLoughlin, founder of Boston Property Development, has permission from the city to construct a 23-unit condominium building on the outskirts of Quincy Center. The Planning Board recently approved McLoughlin's plan to a former commercial building on Merrymount Road and knock down an abutting vacant home to make room for parking.
Publication: The Patriot Ledger, Jul 31, 2014