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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: Can't count golf courses, YMCA as open space NEWTON --- The Massachusetts Housing Appeals Committee has rejected Newton's claim that 1.5 percent of its land is being used for subsidized housing, one of the thresholds a community can reach to gain more control over Ch. 40B housing proposals. The state committee rejected the city's assertion that a YMCA and three golf courses should excluded from the town's total land area.
Publication: Boston Globe, Jul 6, 2015
Andover: Build independent, not assisted living, survey says ANDOVER --- A $35,000 study commissioned by the town found that residents would like to see smaller, more affordable independent living projects near downtown so they can downsize and remain in the community.
Publication: Andover Townsman, Jul 5, 2015
Tewksbury: Wants to address family housing shortage TEWKSBURY --- With only 18 subsidized units in town large enough for families and waiting lists up to 10 years long, the selectmen and other town officials are planning to meet this summer to discuss ways to increase the town's supply of affordable housing by encouraging developers and/or utilizing town-owned land for housing.
Publication: Lowell Sun, Jul 5, 2015
Billerica: Residents hope 40B developer will downsize plans BILLERICA --- Residents on Alpine Road are hopeful they can prevail upon developer Ray Cormier of Andover to reduce his preliminary plans to build 180 to 200 apartments in a neighborhood of predominantly small single-family homes.
Publication: Lowell Sun, Jul 3, 2015
Natick: Housing authority renovations to yield 12 units NATICK --- In an ongoing effort to reduce vacancy rates at its properties, the Natick Housing Authority is planning to renovate a two-family home into two two-bedroom apartments and to turn the Coolidge House on South Main St. into 10 one-bedroom apartments.
Publication: MetroWest Daily News, Jul 3, 2015
Chelsea: Micro units come on line at Admiral's Hill CHELSEA --- Long tarnished by its economic woes which landed it in state receivership in the 1990s, Chelsea seems be on a continual rebound given its close proximity to Boston. Latest evidence is the availability of nine micro unit condos ranging from 285 to 445 square feet. The asking price begins at $200,000.
Publication: Curbed Boston, Jul 2, 2015
Bedford: VA hospital celebrates groundbreaking for 70 units BEDFORD - The VA hospital recently celebrated the groundbreaking of an affordable housing development for veterans in Bedford. Located on a four-acre parcel on the VA hospital's campus, the development will consist of 70 affordable units for veterans with a priority given to veterans 55 and older. The complex is expected to open in spring 2016.
Publication: The Lowell Sun, Jul 1, 2015
Dorchester: Quizzes developer about 429-unit DOT Block DORCHESTER --- About 100 people attended a public meeting to ask the Boston Redevelopment Authority and developer Demetrios Dasco's plans to transform a group of parcels along Dorchester Ave. into a mixed-use development featuring 429 housing units in a mix of rentals, condominiums, and affordable housing; roughly 73,000 square feet of retail space; and up to 450 parking spaces. Known as the DOT Block development, developers say the cost is currently between $100and $150 million.
Publication: Dorchester Reporter, Jun 26, 2015
Roxbury: Plans for 25-story office, residential tower shown BOSTON --- A development team led by local developer Ken Guscott has unveiled plans to build a 25-story mixed-use office and residential building on and around the site of he former Institution for Savings in Roxbury's Dudley Square neighborhood.
Publication: Bay State Banner, Jun 26, 2015
Supreme Court: Upholds tool for fighting housing bias WASHINGTON --- The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Thursday that federal housing law allows people to challenge lending rules, zoning laws and other housing practices that have a harmful impact on minority groups, even if there is no proof that companies or government agencies intend to discriminate. In upholding the tactic, the high court preserved a legal strategy that has been used for more than 40 years to attack discrimination in zoning laws, occupancy rules, mortgage lending practices and insurance underwriting.
Publication: Associated Press, Jun 25, 2015
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