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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.

Gloucester: Group outlines mixed-use plans for school site GLOUCESTER --- The only group to respond to the town's RFP for the 10.6 acre Fuller School property sketched out their plans for a mixed-use development recently. Plans for the site include 170 apartments, a new YMCA and retail space. The lone group to bid include Dolben Companies of Woburn, the North Shore Y, Windover Construction and Sam Park & Co.
Publication: Gloucester Times, Dec 1, 2015
Tyngsboro: Developer drops friendly 40B attempt TYNGSBORO -- A developer is dropping his proposal to build an age-restricted apartment building complex off of Worden Road after a strong backlash from neighbors.
Publication: Lowell Sun, Dec 1, 2015
State: Baker signs law that clears foreclosure titles BOSTON --- Gov. Charlie Baker last week signed into law a bill that clears the title of previously foreclosed-upon properties, curing the so-called Ibanez defects after a period of three years.
Publication: Banker & Tradesman, Nov 30, 2015
Provincetown: Nearly 10 percent of its housng affordable PROVINCETOWN --- With the addition of affordable units from the Stable Paths and Grace Gouveia housing developments, the state has informed Provincetown that 9.9 percent of its housing is affordable (210 units) and the town needs to create five more units to surpass 10 percent, which would give it safe harbor and more discretion over future development proposals.
Publication: Provincetown Banner, Nov 20, 2015
Williamstown: 40 affordable apartments set to open in Feb. WILLIAMSTOWN --- Almost five years after Tropical Storm Irene tore through a mobile home park and left 5 percent of the town's population homeless, the nonprofit created to address the situation is closing in on the completion of 40 affordable apartments known as Highland Woods. Built on land donated by Williams College, the development - co-developed with Berkshire Housing Development Corp. and the Women's Institute - is set to open in February.
Publication: The Williams Record, Nov 19, 2015
Newton: Committee OKs Austin St., then asks for a review NEWTON --- After voting 6-1 in favor of a controversial proposal to turn an Austin St. municipal parking lot into 68 apartments with 17 affordable units, the Board of Alderman's Land Use Committee asked that the proposal be referred back to them for a review of the conditions imposed on the developer.
Publication: Newton Tab, Nov 18, 2015
Quincy: Debates downtown affordable exemption QUINCY - Supporters of a zoning change that would force downtown developers to invest in affordable housing say skyrocketing rental costs are pushing residents out, and builders across the city should share the burden of funding reasonably priced units.
Publication: The Patriot Ledger, Nov 17, 2015
Nantucket: TM OKs 2 affordable zoning measures NANUCKET --- Voters at Special Town Meeting approved a pair of zoning proposals that will allow increased building density in exchange for the creation of affordable housing,
Publication: Nantucket Mirror, Nov 16, 2015
Chelmsford: Inclusionary zoning for town center, commercial CHELMSFORD --- At town meeting, voters passed by a two-third majority a measure that would allow inclusionary zoning in two overlay districts - the town center and commercially zoned areas. Developers will be asked to make 20 percent of units affordable or make payments into a housing fund.
Publication: Chelmsford Independent, Nov 9, 2015
Revere: Before losing election, mayor pitches apartment pause REVERE --- One week before being ousted by 117 votes by City Councilor Brian Arrigo, Mayor Dan Rizzo called for a moratorium on any residential building projects over two units, saying he was reacting to concerns from residents about too much residential development.
Publication: Revere Journal, Nov 9, 2015
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