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.
Gloucester: Nonprofits eye restaurant site for apartments GLOUCESTER --- In one of three scheduled community meetings to discuss plans to redevelop the former Cameron's Restaurant into affordable housing, two nonprofit organizations which hope to buy and redevelop the site said their plans include ground-floor retail space with 30 to 40 apartments on the upper floors. Action Inc. and Salem-based North Shore Community Development Coalition have secured a purchase and sale to buy the building. Their plan is to raze it and seek financing from the state to develop affordable apartments on the upper floors.
Publication: Gloucester Daily Times, Aug 3, 2015
Somerville: Aid for homebuyers, smaller housing considered SOMERVILLE --- In an effort to help younger residents remain in the city, a working group is considering changes to the city's housing policy that would give low-income residents financial assistance when buying properties and increase the number of smaller housing units in the city. No funding source has been identified yet. The city currently distributes almost $500,000 per year to support similar programs for tenants, using federal and state grants, city funds and Community Preservation Act funds.
Publication: Somerville Journal, Aug 3, 2015
Opinion: 188-unit 40B in Norton just what town needs NORTON --- In his regular commentary for the Attleboro Sun, columnist Bill Gouveia - who is also the Norton town moderator - argues that the 188-unit Ch. 40B development currently under construction is just what the town needs.
Publication: Attleboro Sun, Aug 2, 2015
Gr. Barrington: ZBA considering 11-unit 40B for 12-acre site GREAT BARRINGTON --- The town's zoning board of appeals is continuing to hold hearings on whether to grant a nonprofit developer a Ch. 40B permit so that an 11-unit affordable housing development can be built on a 12-acre parcel on State Road. Previously, the selectmen, planning board and board of health have all voted to support the project.
Publication: Berkshire Eagle, Aug 1, 2015
Ptown: Some question town's 40B safe harbor pursuit PROVINCETOWN --- At least three town officials are questioning the selectmen's decision to seek data showing that at least 1.5 percent of the town's habitable land is used for affordable housing, which if so would give the town greater latitude over Ch. 40B applications like the current proposal for 350 Bradford St., which has stirred significant resident opposition.
Publication: Provincetown Banner, Aug 1, 2015
New Bedford: Mayor sets meeting on city homeless camp NEW BEDFORD --- Standard-Times reporters Kathleen McKiernan and Mike Lawrence portray what life is like in a long-standing homeless camp, which has drawn public attention recently after a series of assaults brought police to the site and revealed that a young child was among the dozen or so people living there. Mayor Jon Mitchell has called for a meeting with homeless advocacy organizations to see what can be done to help the people who have been living on this property for years.
Publication: New Bedford Standard Times, Jul 31, 2015
Lawrence: 7-alarm fire scene now 10 homes for vets LAWRENCE --- Part of a city block ravaged by a 2008 fire is now a 10-unit home for veterans thanks to a partnership between the city, a Haverhill-based veterans group and Housing Support Inc. of Newburyport.
Publication: Lawrence Eagle-Tribune, Jul 27, 2015
Boston: Support lacking, JP developers seek delay BOSTON --- Almost a month after failing to get support from the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council, developers proposing to build 76 apartments at 3200 Washington St. have asked the city's zoning board of appeals for a delay so it can finalize its proposal. Local residents have complained that the project is too big and does not include enough affordable units.
Publication: Jamaica Plain News, Jul 26, 2015
Grafton: Does not reappoint controversial trust member GRAFTON --- Selectmen have voted 3-2 not to reappoint Edward Prisby to the town's affordable housing trust committee. Prisby had questioned the town's decision to place $900,000 won in a profit dispute with a 40B developer into the town's general fund as opposed to the housing trust.
Publication: Community Advocate, Jul 25, 2015
Sudbury: Breaks ground on 3 affordable homes for sale SUDBURY --- The town recently broke ground on the construction of three affordable homes that will be sold to families earning less than 80 percent median income. The Sudbury Housing Trust has hired Transformation Inc. to build the homes on Maynard Road. A stand-alone home will sell for $180,800 while each unit in a duplex will ell for $162,700.
Publication: Sudbury Town Crier, Jul 25, 2015