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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.

Allston-Brighton: Student impact on neighborhoods discussed BOSTON --- The Allston-Brighton Community Development Corp. held a community meeting Saturday to discuss the growing impact of students in their neighborhoods. According to Valerie Frias, associate director at Allston-Brighton CDC, the percentage of housing in the area occupied by someone other than the owner rose from 68 to 75 percent over the last two years.
Publication: Boston Globe, Sep 15, 2014
Berlin: Groundbreaking held for two phases of complex BERLIN --- A groundbreaking was recently held for the third and fourth phases of the Riverbridge Village development. These two phases consist of a 105-room hotel and a 205-unit multifamily housing component. Of the 205 housing units, both condo and rental, 21 will be designated as affordable rental apartments.
Publication: The Telegram & Gazette, Sep 15, 2014
Newton: Some want one-year ban on residential tear-downs NEWTON --- A group of Newton alderman are pressing forward with a proposal to put a one-year ban on residential tear downs and many home additions that they feel are ruining the look of the city.
Publication: Boston Globe, Sep 11, 2014
Hanover: Will get 200K for trust instead of affordable units HANOVER --- The developer of a 130-unit condo complex off Rt. 53 would pay $200,000 to the town in lieu of constructing affordable units and to mitigate concerns over increased traffic along that highway.
Publication: Hanover Mariner, Sep 9, 2014
Boston: Instant nostalgia & neighborhood rebranding BOSTON --- Anthony Flint of the Lincoln Institute takes a look at development around Boston and how urban developers are taking a page from their suburban counterparts in naming their projects after the buildings and history they've just destroyed. He calls it "instant nostalgia."
Publication: City Lab, Sep 8, 2014
Easton: Developers say 40Bs will be revenue positive for town EASTON --- The developers of two large-scale Ch. 40B affordable housing proposals totaling 541 units say their projects will bring more revenue into the town than it they will cost in local services.
Publication: Easton Journal, Sep 5, 2014
Worcester: 6 nonprofits will not have to repay fed funds WORCESTER --- City Manager Edwad M. Augustus Jr. has told six nonprofit housing groups that they will not be held responsible for $2 million in repayments associated with an ongong federal audit that found inadequate documentation for some $2 million in funds during 2009-2011. Instead, the city will work with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to establish the best course of payment once a final determination is made on the amount of funds that in question.
Publication: Worcester Telegram, Sep 4, 2014
Needham: Gov blocks legislation aimed at stopping 40B NEEDHAM--- Gov. Deval Patrick has vetoed legislation calling for the state to purchase two parcels of land by eminent domain in Needham so as to create a highway buffer zone, saying the proposal is aimed at stopping a "much-needed" afforable housing proposal known as Greendale Mews. The town's ZBA approved the Mews plan in December with a condition that it be only 108 units, far less than the developer's 300-unit proposal. The developer is appealing the ruling.
Publication: Needham Times, Aug 20, 2014
Littleton: Local developer ready to build 42 homeownership units LITTLETON --- Acton-based Seal Harbor Development is ready to begin construction on Wildflower Meadow, a Ch. 40B homeownership project that will feature 42 market-rate and 14 affordable homes located near the Acton line.
Publication: Littleton Independent, Aug 19, 2014
Brighton: Brighton Landing approved to add 250 units BRIGHTON --- The BRA recently approved the addition of 250 residential units to the mixed-use Boston Landing project. The project also received approval for an additional 15,000 square feet of retail space.
Publication: Banker & Tradesman, Aug 18, 2014
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