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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.

Cape: Forum focuses on regional solutions to housing ORLEANS --- A meeting of local affordable housing advocates aimed at discussing the needs for the smaller towns of eastern Cape Cod focused on the idea of acting regionally to address the region's housing needs.
Publication: Cape Cod Times, Oct 17, 2014
Wellesley: Talks continue on sale of college land to town WELLESLEY --- Discussions about Wellesley College selling 47 acres to the town have been deferred until after the upcoming fall special town meeting. The parties have been in discussion about the property across from Wellesley College, which has been valued at $25 million. Wellesley College is selling the land to fund a campus renewal project and the town has signaled interest so as to control development of the property. Voters would have to approve such a purchase at a special town meeting.
Publication: Wellesley Townsman, Oct 17, 2014
Quincy: Housing needed to keep up with growth, report says QUINCY --- By 2030, Quincy needs to increase its total housing stock by nearly 20 percent in order to keep up with market demand and population growth, according to research done by the Metropolitan Area Planning Council.
Publication: The Patriot Ledger, Oct 16, 2014
Boston: Mayor sets housing goal, says CPA would help BOSTON --- In announcing his administration's ambitious plan to build 53,000 new units of housing by 2030, Mayor Martin J. Walsh resurrected the idea of of having the city adopt the Community Preservation Act, something the city voted down in 2001 after a concerted effort by businesses to defeat the measure. Since then, the number of communities in Mass. that have adopted CPA has grown to 155.
Publication: Boston Herald, Oct 9, 2014
Westport: Trust to help make more units affordable WESTPORT --- The town's affordable housing trust is offering a new program that will provide funds to developers who build projects in which 30 percent of the units are affordable.
Publication: The Standard Times, Oct 8, 2014
Springfield: Restores 47 apartments damaged by tornado SPRINGFIELD --- State and local officials gathered in downtown Springfield recently to celebrate the $9.45 million renovation of four buildings and 47 affordable apartments that were badly damaged when a tornado ripped through the city on June 1, 2011. The properties are owned and managed by Home City Housing, a Springfield-based non-profit.
Publication: Springfield Republican, Oct 7, 2014
State: Identifies development areas north of Boston BOSTON --- State officials have teamed up with cities and towns north of Greater Boston to put together a list of developer-friendly neighborhoods and parcels. The list includes Charlestown's Sullivan Square, Revere Beach, downtown Malden and the East Boston waterfront. report builds upon previous regional planning efforts completed during the Patrick Administration, including the South Coast Rail Corridor Plan and the 495/Metrowest Development Compact Plan.
Publication: Mass.gov, Oct 6, 2014
Vineyard: Called a leader in regional approach to CPA OAK BLUFFS --- At a brainstorming session to discuss how the six towns on Martha's Vineyard could work cooperatively to build more affordable housing, the executive director of the Community Coalition said the Island has been a leader in taking a regional approach to CPA spending.
Publication: Vineyard Gazette, Oct 5, 2014
Amherst: Some cool to 5-story, 78-unit building for downtown AMHERST --- A local development company's quest to seek a special permit to build a five-story mixed-use building with four commercial spaces and 78 market-rate units on the second through fifth floors has drawn a cool reception from some local officials, who feel the building will be out of character with the downtown.
Publication: Springfield Republican, Oct 2, 2014
Somerville: Rock promoter buys post office in Union Square SOMERVILLE --- Booming Union Square, which is seeing new housing and commercial activity in advance of gettinga new MBTA Green Line branch by 2017, will be soon adding a new arts venue as an investor group associated with rock 'n roll promoter Don Law has bought the old post office at 237 Washington St.
Publication: Vanyaland, Oct 2, 2014
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