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.
Conway: Housing among possbile uses for 11-acre site CONWAY --- Affordable housing is on the list of possible uses for an 11-acre town-owned site known as the Rose property and this small town of 1,800 located southwest of Greenfield is putting together a committee to study how to use the land.
Publication: Greenfield Recorder, Jul 18, 2014
Waltham: Mulls using $500K in CPA funds for rental assistance WALTHAM --- A proposed voucher program that would assist "very low-income" Waltham households with Community Preservation Act (CPA) funds is in a holding pattern, as the city looks toward ways to oversee it. Supported by local WATCH CDC, the proposed Tentant Based Rental Assistance proposal asks that $500,000 in CPA funds be used to subsidize payments to landlords for 50 eligible households .
Publication: Waltham News Tribune, Jul 17, 2014
Shrewsbury: Discusses potential impact of 3 40Bs, 475 units SHREWSBURY --- With three Ch. 40B comprehensive permit applications totalling 475 units on the horizon, Shrewsbury officials have indicated an interest in pursuing 'friendly' 40Bs that suit the town and are reluctant to make exceptions to a town bylaw that only grants sewer tie-ins for commercial projects.
Publication: Worcester Telegram, Jul 16, 2014
Survey: Government should spark housing, not touch zoning CHICAGO --- A new survey of housing attitudes shows that six in 10 people (58 percent) believe that the government should be doing more to ensure that there is more rental housing and housing to buy, but 52 percent say they would not be in favor of relaxing zoning regulations so that different types of housing could be built.
Publication: Foundation for Growth blog, Jul 15, 2014
Chelmsford: ZBA OKs 108-unit 40B on Mill Rd. CHELMSFORD --- Despite concerns from residents about impacts on the neighborhood, the Chelmsford Zoning Board of Appeals last month unanimously approved a Ch. 40B comprehensive permit for Princeton Properties, allowing it to move forward with a 108-unit rental apartment development on Mill Road. Eighty-six units will be rented at market rates and 22 will be affordable to households whose income is less than 50 percent of the area's median income.
Publication: Lowell Sun, Jul 14, 2014
Fall River: Debate continues as to how to rebuild Watuppa FALL RIVER --- Discussion are continuing over what to do with the demolished Watuppa Heights public housing property, with the state and the local housing authority proposing a 50-unit rental development and the city countering with a plan to create 26 homes to be purchased by low-income buyers.
Publication: Fall River Herald News, Jul 14, 2014
Worcester: Ribbon-cutting for 84 apartments at Voke Lofts WORCESTER --- State and local officials recently celebrated the ribbon-cutting ceremony for a completed adaptive reuse project at the site of a former vocational school. Called Voke Lofts, the 116,306 residential building is made up of 84 mixed-income apartments, half of which will be restricted to households with incomes between 30 and 60 percent of the area median income. The development also includes a community room with a kitchen, a computer learning center and a play area for children.
Publication: The Banker & Tradesman, Jul 10, 2014
Shrewsbury: 2 selectmen asked to find more 'friendly' 40Bs SHREWSBURY --- After receiving indications that three developers will be seeking comprehensive permits to build large 40B apartment complexes, selectmen this week appointed two if its members to work on a so-called 'friendly 40B' request for proposals, which the board says will allow the town to be proactive rather than reactive when it comes to affordable housing developments.
Publication: Shrewsbury Chronicle, Jul 9, 2014
Cambridge: New construction of 40 affordable units in Central Sq. CAMBRIDGE --- The Cambridge Housing Authority (CHA) has begun construction on a new apartment building for low- and moderate-income households on the site of a former YWCA swimming pool in Central Square. Temple Place Apartments will consist of 40 units of affordable housing and is expected to open in 2015.
Publication: New England Real Estate Journal, Jul 8, 2014
Governor announces $83M in awards for affordable housing SPRINGFIELD, Monday, July 7, 2014 - Governor Deval Patrick today announced $83.6 million in funding to create 24 affordable housing projects across the state, building on the Patrick Administration's commitment to improving housing infrastructure to support growth and opportunity throughout the Commonwealth. In all, the projects will create 1,328 units of housing and over 2,000 jobs
Publication: Governor's press office, Jul 7, 2014