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.
Danvers: Mulls zoning that would allow housing above retail DANVERS --- In a bid to bring more bustle to downtown streets, Danvers officials are pursuing changes that could entice property owners in the area to include a mix of housing and businesses in their buildings. The town has hired the Metropolitan Area Planning Council to help develop zoning changes that would allow mixed-use developments in the town center, with a particular goal of adding housing to the vacant floors above downtown stores.
Publication: Boston Globe, Jul 28, 2014
Opinion: Priced out of Somerville and gone to Austin AUSTIN --- Former Somerville resident Maria Massello, whose family dates back four generations in the city, writes about how rising prices in her beloved city forced her and her family to make the toughest decision of their lives - leave the place they love for a more affordable lifestyle in Austin.
Publication: Boston Globe, Jul 27, 2014
Ashland: Residents cool to 140-unit rental 40B ASHLAND --- About 50 residents attended a zoning board of appeals meeting on July 23 to voice their concerns over Southborough-based Capital Group Propertes' pursuit of Ch. 40B permit to build 140 units of rental housing on West Valentine St.
Publication: MetroWest Daily News, Jul 25, 2014
Bedford: Homeless families living in hotel cut from 90 to 24 BEDFORD --- Eight months after a public meeting and a vow by state Rep. Ken Gordon that he would urge the state to find permanent homes for homeless famlies placed in a Bedford hotel, the number of homeless families living in town has dropped from 90 to 24. Aaron Gornstein, the state's Undersecretary for Housing, explained that the increase in homeless families placed in Bedford and other communities was due to a spike in homelessness late last year but in the last several months, dozens of families have been moved from the Bedford Plaza Hotel into affordable housing.
Publication: Lowell Sun, Jul 24, 2014
Boston: High-rise residents nix Chiofaro's high-rise plan BOSTON --- The condo trustees of the high-rise Harbor Towers have issued an 11-page letter to the BRA and Mayor Martin J. Walsh stating that the two-towerproposal put forth by developer Donald Chiofaro is too big for the waterfront site.
Publication: Boston Business Journal, Jul 24, 2014
Editorial: 26-home Watuppa plan reflects what neighbors want FALL RIVER --- In an editorial published July 15, the Fall River Herald News urged the housing authority and state to go back to its original plan of replacing the demolished Watuppa 100-unit public housing site with 26 affordable homeownership units rather than the 50-unit rental/11 homeownership unit proposal, now on the table, reasoning that the neighborhood is reboundng and the smaller plan is what residents want.
Publication: Fall River Herald News, Jul 24, 2014
New Bedford: Inspection reveals problem of illegal apartments NEW BEDFORD --- Back in May, the Standard-Times did a report on the number of illegal apartments in the city after city inspectors ordered a woman who was trying to sell her home to destroy an illegal basement apartment. Real estate experts in the story did not dispute the existence of these illegal apartments but say some of them already existed when purchased by current owners. Real estate experts estimate that 30 to 40 percent of the homes in the city have some unpermitted work, much of it finished basements or second kitches.
Publication: New Bedford Standard Times, Jul 24, 2014
Milton: Bill filed to allow town to convey small sites to developer MILTON --- A bill has been filed with the legislature authorizing the town of Milton to aqcuire some land next to some land it owns and then convey both pieces to Carrick Realty, which has been seeking a 40B permit from the town to develop an abutting parcel known as the Hendries site into a mixed-use development.
Publication: mytownmatters.com, Jul 23, 2014
Worcester: 33% of foreclosed homes in county abandoned WORCESTER --- A lingering symptom of the foreclosure crisis are so-called 'zombie' properties, which means homes that have been abandoned for years. Worcester Telegram reporter Alli Knothe takes a look at this problem, given that 33 percent of the homes in foreclosure in Worcester County are abandoned, according to RealtyTrac.
Publication: Worcester Telegram, Jul 23, 2014
Globe: Data shows condo prices and sales are up BOSTON --- The Globe is reporting that more and more homebuyers are leaning toward condos these days, with statwide sales up nine percent in the first five months of 2014 while sinlge-family home sales have declined by four percent. Prices for condos have risen 13 percent while single-family home prices have gone up six percent. This has resulted in a narrowing price gap - $320,000 for a median-priced condo and $340,000 for a house.
Publication: Boston Globe, Jul 22, 2014