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.
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
Martha's Vineyard: 6-unit housing proposal discussed VINEYARD HAVEN --- With questions raning from the number of units to the building's box-like look to the lack of green space, the Martha's Vineyard Commission spent 90 minutes questioning housing trust officials about their plans to replace a distressed home next to the Stop & Shop with a $1.2 million six-unit affordable apartment building that would include three handicapped units.
Publication: Martha's Vineyard Times, Jul 22, 2014
Norwood: 40R near train cuts plan from 48 to 40 units NORWOOD --- Despite getting town meeting approval for a 40R permit to build 48 units, the owners of the Regal Press revealed at a recent planning board meeting that they would build only 40 units. The planning board reacted favorably to the change but did not vote at its July 14 meeting, continuing the matter to its next meeting on Aug. 25.
Publication: Norwood Bulletin, Jul 22, 2014
Middleboro: ZBA grants 2-year extension for 40B condo plan MIDDLEBORO --- The town's zoning board of appeals has granted local developer John Barges a two-year extension on his Ch. 40B comprehensive permit that proposes to build 234 condoiminiums on a 35-acre site near Rt. 495.
Publication: New Bedford Standard-Times, Jul 21, 2014
Conway: Housing among possbile uses for 11-acre site CONWAY --- Affordable housing is on the list of possible uses for an 11-acre town-owned site known as the Rose property and this small town of 1,800 located southwest of Greenfield is putting together a committee to study how to use the land.
Publication: Greenfield Recorder, Jul 18, 2014
Waltham: Mulls using $500K in CPA funds for rental assistance WALTHAM --- A proposed voucher program that would assist "very low-income" Waltham households with Community Preservation Act (CPA) funds is in a holding pattern, as the city looks toward ways to oversee it. Supported by local WATCH CDC, the proposed Tentant Based Rental Assistance proposal asks that $500,000 in CPA funds be used to subsidize payments to landlords for 50 eligible households .
Publication: Waltham News Tribune, Jul 17, 2014
Shrewsbury: Discusses potential impact of 3 40Bs, 475 units SHREWSBURY --- With three Ch. 40B comprehensive permit applications totalling 475 units on the horizon, Shrewsbury officials have indicated an interest in pursuing 'friendly' 40Bs that suit the town and are reluctant to make exceptions to a town bylaw that only grants sewer tie-ins for commercial projects.
Publication: Worcester Telegram, Jul 16, 2014
Survey: Government should spark housing, not touch zoning CHICAGO --- A new survey of housing attitudes shows that six in 10 people (58 percent) believe that the government should be doing more to ensure that there is more rental housing and housing to buy, but 52 percent say they would not be in favor of relaxing zoning regulations so that different types of housing could be built.
Publication: Foundation for Growth blog, Jul 15, 2014