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.
Norfolk: Likes 40B plan for 28 homes on 34 acres NORFOLK --- Plans to use Ch. 40B to build 28 for-sale homes on the town-owned 34-cacre "Boy Scout" land site has received initial praise from town leaders, who like Oxbow's Devevelopment's plans to cluster the homes, protect more open space and preserve wetlands. Oxbow recently completed a similar project in Wayland.
Publication: Attleboro Sun (subscription required), Oct 21, 2014
P-town: Town manager choice says no, cites housing cost PROVINCETOWN --- The topic of housing is dominating this town's search for a town manager, with the top candidate turning down the job due to the high cost of housing and a lack of professional jobs for his spouse, and the search committee reiterating that it's looking for a leader who can address the town's lack of housing and year-round jobs.
Publication: Cape Cod Times, Oct 20, 2014
Shrewsbury: Request attracts 3 'friendly' 40B proposals SHREWSBURY --- The town has has received three proposals in response to its request for "friendly" 40B projects, which was made this summer after the town had concerns about several large potential 40B proposals.
Publication: Shrewsbury Chronicle, Oct 20, 2014
Cape: Forum focuses on regional solutions to housing ORLEANS --- A meeting of local affordable housing advocates aimed at discussing the needs for the smaller towns of eastern Cape Cod focused on the idea of acting regionally to address the region's housing needs.
Publication: Cape Cod Times, Oct 17, 2014
Wellesley: Talks continue on sale of college land to town WELLESLEY --- Discussions about Wellesley College selling 47 acres to the town have been deferred until after the upcoming fall special town meeting. The parties have been in discussion about the property across from Wellesley College, which has been valued at $25 million. Wellesley College is selling the land to fund a campus renewal project and the town has signaled interest so as to control development of the property. Voters would have to approve such a purchase at a special town meeting.
Publication: Wellesley Townsman, Oct 17, 2014
Quincy: Housing needed to keep up with growth, report says QUINCY --- By 2030, Quincy needs to increase its total housing stock by nearly 20 percent in order to keep up with market demand and population growth, according to research done by the Metropolitan Area Planning Council.
Publication: The Patriot Ledger, Oct 16, 2014
Boston: Mayor sets housing goal, says CPA would help BOSTON --- In announcing his administration's ambitious plan to build 53,000 new units of housing by 2030, Mayor Martin J. Walsh resurrected the idea of of having the city adopt the Community Preservation Act, something the city voted down in 2001 after a concerted effort by businesses to defeat the measure. Since then, the number of communities in Mass. that have adopted CPA has grown to 155.
Publication: Boston Herald, Oct 9, 2014
Westport: Trust to help make more units affordable WESTPORT --- The town's affordable housing trust is offering a new program that will provide funds to developers who build projects in which 30 percent of the units are affordable.
Publication: The Standard Times, Oct 8, 2014
Springfield: Restores 47 apartments damaged by tornado SPRINGFIELD --- State and local officials gathered in downtown Springfield recently to celebrate the $9.45 million renovation of four buildings and 47 affordable apartments that were badly damaged when a tornado ripped through the city on June 1, 2011. The properties are owned and managed by Home City Housing, a Springfield-based non-profit.
Publication: Springfield Republican, Oct 7, 2014
State: Identifies development areas north of Boston BOSTON --- State officials have teamed up with cities and towns north of Greater Boston to put together a list of developer-friendly neighborhoods and parcels. The list includes Charlestown's Sullivan Square, Revere Beach, downtown Malden and the East Boston waterfront. report builds upon previous regional planning efforts completed during the Patrick Administration, including the South Coast Rail Corridor Plan and the 495/Metrowest Development Compact Plan.
Publication: Mass.gov, Oct 6, 2014