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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.

Quincy: Nix developer affordable loophole, councilor says QUINCY --- Saying the city has an affordable housing crisis, Ward 4 City Councilor Brian Palmucci is seeking a change in the city's zoning code that would remove an exemption that allows downtown housing developers to bypass a requirement to make at least 10 percent of their units affordable or pay equivalent fees into the city's affordable housing trust. This year, the exemption cleared the way for two downtown projects to go forward without adding units or making a payment into the trust.
Publication: The Patriot Ledger, Oct 10, 2015
Wrentham: Begins hearing on 202-unit 40B WRENTHAM --- The zoning board of appeals has begun hearings on the first of three multifamily housing proposals, this one a 220-unit apartment complex near Rt. 1 and Rt. 495. Ryan Development has applied to the town for a Ch. 40B comprehensive permit. The development would be called Rosegate and would consist of four four-story apartment buildings with 102 one-bedroom units, 96 two-bedroom units, and 22 three-bedroom units. Fifty-five units would be affordable.
Publication: Attleboro Sun Chronicle, Oct 5, 2015
Dorchester: Community views revamped plans for Dot Block DORCHESTER --- The DOT Block development is proceeding without a section at Dorchester Avenue and Hancock Street that was in the original proposal, developers told residents at a public meeting on Sept. 28. Since receiving community input, changes developers have made include removal of a Hancock Street entrance to the development, a townhouse design giving way to a more solid appearance, height adjustments, and the introduction of building setbacks.
Publication: Dorchester Reporter, Oct 1, 2015
Eastham: Former Rt. 6 driving range eyed for housing EASTHAM --- Richard Hayden of Stratford Capital Group is planning to present to the town his company's plan to buy a former 10-acre Rt. 6 driving range from current owner Stop & Shop and develop it into a 130-unit affordable housing units. Hayden said it would be a friendly project and wouldn't go forward if the town didn't want it.
Publication: Cape Cod Times, Oct 1, 2015
Report: BHA awards Bunker Hill redo to Corcoran Jennison BOSTON --- The Boston Housing Authority has selected Corcoran Jennison and the national developer SunCal to undertake a nearly $1 billion remake of the city's largest public housing development, according to a source. BHA officials have said their plan is to use the strong real estate market to replace its aging buildings and finance new housing for some of the poorest residents while offering up the authority's large tracts of land for market-rate development Corcoran-SunCal's proposalis to replace the current 1,100 very-low-income apartments in 41 buildings with 960 units at comparably low rents.
Publication: The Boston Globe, Oct 1, 2015
Whatley: Plan to use CPA funds to buy land for housing fizzles WHATLEY --- While voters at fall town meeting will be asked to focus on whether to spend $75,000 to stabilize the banks of the Mill River, the small town of Whatley - population 1,500, located northwest of UMass-Amherst - they will also be asked to vote on whether to rescind $58,000 in CPA funds that was supposed to be used to buy land for affordable housing. The land was bought by a private entity before the town could make its offer.
Publication: Daily Hampshire Gazette, Sep 29, 2015
Billerica: Board explain merits of 179-unit LIP, $1M mitigation BILLERICA --- Another affordable-housing project in a single-family residential neighborhood is not ideal, but the 179-unit Alpine Village Local Initiative Project (LIP) proposal in North Billerica is countless times better because developer Ray Cormier is working with the town and has offered more than $1 million in mitigation, selectmen told about 50 abutters on Monday.
Publication: Lowell Sun, Sep 28, 2015
Vineyard: Trust, Land Bank buy land for housing, open space MARTHA'S VINEYARD --- The Island Housing Trust (IHT) has announced it has combined forces with the Martha's Vineyard Land Bank to purchase a 15-acre parcel off State Road in Tisbury for $1.2 million. The two agencies plan to create 11 duplexes for the year-round workforce while also preserving open space.
Publication: Martha's Vineyard Times, Sep 25, 2015
Boston: Housing boom could inhibit industrial growth BOSTON --- With properties like the Flower Exchange and Widett Circle being eyeballed for development, some are worried that the Hub's appetite for new housing is chewing into its dwindling supply of industrially-zoned land and employers may have to move elsewhere if they want to expand, reports Tim Logan.
Publication: Boston Globe, Sep 23, 2015
Amherst: Town manager was dedicated to affordable housing AMHERST --- Amherst Town Manager John Musante, whose town was recognized by MHP for its outstanding work in affordable housing, passed away suddenly over the weekend. He was 53.
Publication: www.mhp.net, Sep 22, 2015
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