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.
Newton: Wells Ave. developer offers city deal to drop suit NEWTON --- Cabot, Cabot and Forbes has offered the City of Newton over $2 million dollars to drop litigation against its plan to build a four-story, mixed-use 334-unit rental apartment complex at its office park on Wells Ave. near Rt. 128 and the Needham line. The CCF offer includes $1 million to redesign an intersection near the project and $1 million for the city to spend on affordable housing.
Publication: Newton Tab, Mar 24, 2015
Stoughton: 128-unit senior project needs TM to OK zoning STOUGHTON --- In May, residents will be asked at town meeting to OK an amendment in the zoning laws that would allow Calmar Enterprises of Buffalo to build a 128-unit senior housing complex on land that is zoned mostly for commercial.
Publication: Brockton Enterprise, Mar 20, 2015
Beverly: Mixed-use with 72 units proposed near MBTA stop BEVERLY --- Windover Construction has submitted plans to build a five-story mixed-use development on Rantoul St. with businesses on the ground floor and 72 units of housing on the upper floors. The site is within walking distance of the MBTA stop.
Publication: Salem News, Mar 19, 2015
Fairhaven: Developer wary of public opposition to housing FAIRHAVEN --- The only bidder on the town's request for proposals for the vacant Oxford School has indicated that his major concern is community opposition to his plan to buy the property for $325,000 and turn it into a 50-unit affordable housing development.
Publication: The Standard Times of New Bedford, Mar 17, 2015
Somerville: Developer says new zoning could cut Assembly units SOMERVILLE --- A spokesman for a development company that plans to build 1,000 units of housing at Assembly Square by 2017 said the number of units could be reduced by nearly half if the city passes a zoning law that ups the inclusionary zoning requirement for that area from 12.5 to 20 percent.
Publication: Somerville Journal, Mar 12, 2015
Shrewsbury: To work with developer on mixed senior LIP WORCESTER --- Capital Group Properties has agreed to work with the town on a Local Initiative Program application that will yield a mixed-use project that will include 150 apartments for seniors, commercial space and some single-family residential homes.
Publication: Worcester Telegram & Gazette, Mar 11, 2015
Boston: Mixed reactions to Egleston housing proposal BOSTON --- A plan to turn an Egleston Square auto shop, garage and plumbing building into three buildings with a market-rate mixed-use development with 76 residential units has drawn resident concerns about parking, affordability and the size of the buildings.
Publication: Bay State Banner, Mar 9, 2015
Boston: Pine Street manages more permanent than temp beds BOSTON --- A feature story on a Boston man who is moving from a shelter into permanent housing developed by the Pine Street Inn notes that the nonprofit now manages more permanent than temporary beds.
Publication: WBUR, Mar 9, 2015
Malden: Residents cool to 375 units on hospital site MALDEN --- Residents around the former Malden Hospital site made it clear at a recent community meeting that they don't like a developer's plan to build 375 units and instead indicated a preference for mostly green space, passive recreation areas and some moderate-income housing.
Publication: Malden Observer, Mar 3, 2015
Westwood: University Station's 350 units to open in spring WESTWOOD --- In addition to all the retail that will be opening, the new University Station development near the Westwood commuter rail stop will also see 350 one- and two-bedroom apartments start leasing this spring, with 69 of those units considered affordable.
Publication: Walpole Times, Mar 2, 2015