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.
Quincy: Sober house plan will oust 20 low-income residents QUINCY --- Twenty low-income rooming house residents will soon be forced to find other rental housing now that Dorchester's Solutions Group Inc. has announced plans to turn the property into a 33-bedroom sober house.
Publication: The Patriot Ledger, Dec 6, 2014
Hopkinton: Asks 40B to boost plan from 250 to 280 units HOPKINTON --- Town officials have asked the developers of a Ch. 40B housing development on Lumber Street to increase their proposal from 250 to 280 units so that the town can raise its supply of affordable housing above 10 percent, thereby gaining more control over future Ch. 40B multifamily requests. If passed, Mill Creek Residential's development will include 84 one-, 122 two- and 36 three-bedroom apartments spread out over six buildings.
Publication: MetroWest Daily News, Dec 5, 2014
Sudbury: Votes to buy farm land from developer SUDBURY --- Voters at a special Town Meeting on Dec. 3 unanimously agreed to spend $2.9 million to buy the 35-acre Johnson Farm from developer Robert Moss, whose four-year effort to develop the property has become bogged down in litigation with the state's Department of Environmental Protection.
Publication: Sudbury Town Crier, Dec 4, 2014
Easton: Selectmen support Avalon's 290-unit 40B proposal EASTON --- Hoping to gain greater control over affordable housing developments, selectmen voted 3-1 to support Avalon Bay's 290-unit Ch. 40B proposal over Dolben Company's 228-unit plan because it would put the town's supply of affordable housing over 10 percent.
Publication: Easton Journal, Dec 3, 2014
Newton: After long process, 40B developer seeks investor NEWTON --- The developer who pursued a 'friendly' 40B and eventually got the permit from the city to build 36 condominiums now says he is seeking a partner because the seven-month permitting process took longer and was more costly than expected.
Publication: Dec 3, 2014
Weston: OKs $3.9 million to create 9 affordable units WESTON --- Residents voted at special Town Meeting on Dec. 2 voted to spend $2.7 million to create seven units of affordable housing and another $1.2 million to acquire and renovate another property into two units.
Publication: Weston Town Crier, Dec 3, 2014
Montague: Housing plan says senior population will hit 30% MONTAGUE --- An update to the town's housing plan looks to a future in which almost a third of town residents are over 65, and it begins to identify areas in which affordable and accessible housing might be encouraged. The plan is the work of an advisory group including town planners and local social services.
Publication: Greenfield Recorder, Nov 26, 2014
Williamstown: Developer says Cable Mills to be ready in 2015 WILLIAMSTOWN --- David Traggorth of Mitchell Properties told selectmen recently that construction at Cable Mills has resumed full tilt and he expects that it will be ready for residents by December 2015. Efforts to renovate the 140-year-old building were first initialized by Keen Development, but the project stalled with the death of President Robert Kuehn in 2006. Mitchell Properties of Boston purchased the 9-acre site in 2007, but the financial crisis made it difficult for the project to secure financing until recently.
Publication: Bennington Banner, Nov 23, 2014
Auburn: OKs spending $2.86M to keep 50-acre farm as open space AUBURN --- Town meeting members have voted 98-2 to appropriate $2.86 million and exercise its right of first refusal to purchase 50 acres of farmland that would otherwise be sold to a developer who plans to build 25 single-family homes and an apartment complex.
Publication: Worcester Telegram, Nov 19, 2014
Westport: Gives developer more tiime to build housing WESTPORT --- The Westport Board of Selectmen has voted to allow the developers of the proposed Noquochoke Village affordable housing development more time to seek state funding and will also allow the developer to make more of the units affordable.
Publication: East Bay newspapers, Nov 14, 2014