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.
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
P-town: Planner worries 40B fight could impact housing goals PROVINCETOWN --- Town Planner Gloria McPherson has warned selectmen that trying to claim safe harbor from Ch. 40B permits by proving that 1.5 percent of the town's developable land is used for affordable housing may discourage other developers and prevent the town from reaching its affordable housing goals.
Publication: Provincetown Banner, Jun 24, 2015
State: 2 bills aim to boost housing production BOSTON --- In a recent op-ed piece in Banker & Tradesman, B'nai B'rith Executive Director Susan Gittelman discusses the merits of House and Senate bills aimed at streamlining regulations for communities that want to build more housing.
Publication: Banker & Tradesman, Jun 24, 2015
Study: Homeownership dip puts squeeze on rentals CAMBRIDGE --- In its The State of the Nation's Housing Report, Harvard's Joint Center for Housing Studies found that the nation's homeownership rate has dropped to 64.5 percent, the number of homeowners dipped for the eighth straight year and this decline has put stress on the rental market as more and more people of all ages are renting.
Publication: Harvard's Joint Center for Housing Studies, Jun 24, 2015
Opinion: Columnist sees bipartisanship against housing BOSTON --- When it comes to opposing housing, Banker & Tradesman columnist Scott Van Voorhis sees a lot of bipartisanship.
Publication: Banker & Tradesman, Jun 21, 2015
Boston: Middle-income housing needed, nonprofit leaders say BOSTON --- Sparked mostly by the production of low-income and luxury housing, Boston is off to a good start at reaching Mayor Martin Walsh's goal of creating 53,000 units by 2030 but some nonprofit leaders worry that the city needs to do more to create housing for middle income people and families.
Publication: Bay State Banner, Jun 19, 2015
Manchester: Wants to devote more CPA funds to housing MANCHESTER --- Facing the reality that one needs an annual income of at least $182,000 to afford a home in this upscale seaside community north of Boston, some in town are brainstorming on how they can use locally-collected Community Preservation Act funds to increase the supply of affordable housing.
Publication: Gloucester Times, Jun 19, 2015