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.
Boston: BRA approves first car-free development in city BOSTON --- The BRA recently approved the city's first parking-free condominium building consisting of 175 units located at Lovejoy Wharf near North Station. Typically, the city requires developers of residential buildings in downtown neighborhoods to supply at least one parking space for every two homes constructed.
Publication: The Boston Globe, Dec 6, 2013
Worcester: Aims to continue revitalization of downtown mall WORCESTER --- With two tentants occupying 280,000 square feet of office space and a 500-car parking garage on the way, the redevelopment of the city's Galleria Mall is off to a good start, although officials worry that further progress on the 13.6 acre downtown site may be hindered by a weak finance market, low rental rates and a lack of nighttime foot traffic.
Publication: Worcester Business Journal, Nov 28, 2013
Worcester: City manager takes job with real estate firm WORCESTER --- City Manager Michael O'Brien submitted his letter of resignation on Nov. 20 to take a job with WinnDevelopment, a Boston-based national real estate firm that specializes in affordable housing.
Publication: Worcester Telegram, Nov 21, 2013
Williamstown: OKs $2.6M for housing on site given by college WILLIAMSTOWN --- In the town's ongoing efforts to create safer affordable housing after Hurricane Irene floodwaters destroyed much an affordable mobile home park, selectmen voted unanimously in November to commit $2.6 million to a proposed 40-unit affordable housing project that would be built on a four-acre site donated by Williams College.
Publication: North Adams Transcript, Nov 20, 2013
Lowell: New homes for men transitioning out of foster care LOWELL --- A Westford Street building that once housed Paige Pharmacy has been transformed by the Caleb Group into 10 affordable one-bedroom apartments for young men transitioning out of the state's foster care program.
Publication: Lowell Sun, Nov 19, 2013
Devens: Lexington-based group hopes to build 120 homes DEVENS -- A development team from Lexington could soon begin drafting plans to turn 35 acres at the former Fort Devens military base into 120 new housing units. MassDevelopment, the state agency that controls the Devens redevelopment, voted recently to negotiate an agreement with Evergreen Village Collaborative, a Lexington-based team that includes developers, builders and designers. The group has proposed to build a "walkable neighborhood" project with 40 large and small single-family homes, 40 duplex and townhome units and 40 rental apartments,
Publication: Lowell Sun, Nov 18, 2013
Norwell: Not happy with 40B after ZBA OKs 126-unit plan NORWELL --- Selectmen are considering sending a letter to Gov. Deval Patrick outlining their opposition to the state's affordable housing law after the town's zoning board of appeals OK'd a Ch. 40B permit for a 126-unit project on 17.5 acres known as Simon Hill.
Publication: Norwell Mariner, Nov 17, 2013
Cape: Puzzled by lack of interest in Habitat affordable home CENTERVILLE --- Lack of interest in applying to buy an affordable home built by Habitat for Humanity has Cape Cod housing advocates wondering whether there's a stronger need for rental or if better outreach is needed to make more people aware of these homeownership opportunities.
Publication: Cape Cod Times, Nov 16, 2013
Brookline: Worried how Hancock expansion will affect schools BROOKLINE --- Brookline officials and residents are concerned that the proposed 192-unit expansion of Hancock Village will add sigfnicant amounts of school children and impact how stormwater drains into adjoining neighborhoods. Chestnut Hill Realty has proposed to build 28 four-bedroom apartments, 28 three-bedroom apartments, 70 two-bedroom apartments and 56 one-bedroom apartments.
Publication: Boston Globe, Nov 15, 2013
State: Announces $73 million in funding for affordable housing BOSTON --- Governor Deval Patrick today announced over $73 million in affordable housing resources and tax credits for projects in 17 communities across the state. The $73.6 million investments includes over $14.8 million in federal low-income housing tax credits, $7.8 million in state low-income housing tax credits and $5.1 million in state and federal housing program subsidies. Of the 1,145 units preserved or created, 1,084 will be affordable to low- and moderate-income households, with 228 units reserved for extremely low-income families, including those making the transition from homelessness.
Publication: www.mass.gov, Nov 14, 2013