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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.

Andover: TM articles aimed at controlling senior development ANDOVER --- Residents fighting two major senior housing developments will be going before Town Meeting this spring to propose three zoning bylaw amendments aimed at better controlling the location and size of assisted living developments.
Publication: Lawrence Eagle Tribune, Feb 24, 2015
P-town: Resident calls lack of housing 'community suicide' PROVINCETOWN --- Despite an emotional plea from a proponent that the lack of affordable housing in town was an act of "essentially committing community suicide," most attending a public discussion were against transferring $1.6 million in Land Bank funds into the CPA fund so it can be used for affordable housing.
Publication: Cape Cod Times, Feb 24, 2015
Sudbury: Prefer that Raytheon site be used for senior housing SUDBURY --- Selectmen are considering writing a letter to Raytheon suggesting that the company's property be used for affordable housing after it leaves next year. Local officials said the Raytheon property is key to the town's efforts to reach the state's affordable housing requirement and that they would prefer that the housing be rental and for seniors, so the site wouldn't add more school children to its "overburdened" school system.
Publication: MetroWest Daily News, Feb 24, 2015
Boston: To ask feds to up senior ratio in elderly/disabled housing BOSTON --- To cope with the city's growing need for senior affordable housing, the Boston Housing Authority is planning to file a request asking the federal government to up its required ratio of seniors in elderly-disabled housing from 70 to 80 percent.
Publication: Dorchester Reporter, Feb 23, 2015
Somerville: Supports resue of waterworks for homeless SOMERVILLE --- City officials have agreed to help fund a $9 million plan to turn the 1.4 acre Mystic Valley Water Works property into 25 one-bedroom units for financially insecure and homeless residents. The city's housing trust recently voted unanimously to spend as much as $500,000 to support the project and more support is expected through funds raised through the Community Preservation Act.
Publication: Somerville Journal, Feb 23, 2015
Natick: TM may weigh petition to put moratorium on multifamily NATICK --- Town Meeting this spring is expected to debate two citizens petitions aimed at controlling growth, including one that would impose a two-year moratorium on multifamily developments so that the town could measure the financial impact of development on schools, services, traffic and parking.
Publication: MetroWest Daily News, Feb 21, 2015
Northampton: OKs $300K in CPA funds for lumber yard plan NORTHAMPTON --- The Valley Community Development Corp. efforts to redevelop the former Northampton Lumber Company site into a mixed-use development with 55 affordable apartments received more city support recently as the city council OK'd a $300,000 grant in Community Preservation Act funds to support the CDC's effort.
Publication: Hampshire Gazette, Feb 13, 2015
Harwich: Developer says 40-unit limit for old school not feasible HARWICH --- A developer who has proposed two different housing plans to redevelop the former middle school says the town's wish to limit development to 40 units is not feasible. Stratford Capital Group made this comment after proposing 62 senior units. A previous plan for 56 units was turned down.
Publication: Cape Cod Chronicle, Feb 12, 2015
Wayland: Transfer of BPW land key to RFP for housing WAYLAND --- The task force charged with conveying a Board of Public Works site to a developer for 150 to 190 rental units is hopeful that an RFP will go out this spring, even as it differs with the BPW on whether an RFP can be issued while the land is still under BPW control.
Publication: Wayland Town Crier, Feb 12, 2015
Arlington: Nixes idea to green light housing on odd lots ARLINGTON --- A consultant's suggestion that developers be allowed to build housing on "nonconforming buildable lots" around town that don't conform to zoning was eliminated from the town's master plan proposal after residents at a public hearing voiced fears that developers might cram in large homes that would not be in character with the neighborhood.
Publication: Boston.com, Feb 11, 2015
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