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.
Barnstable: Accessory bylaw has produced 188 units BARNSTABLE --- A 14-year-old accesssory apartment bylaw which allows and supports residents who want to create affordable units within their homes or on their property has resulted in 188 units - 140 currently active.
Publication: Barnstable Patriot, Apr 3, 2014
Northborough: Sets lottery for new CPA-financed elderly units NORTHBOROUGH --- A lottery has been set for April 16 for four new senior affordable housing units built by the local nonprofit affordable housing corporation and financed entirely with $600,000 in Community Preservation Act funds. The new units, on Centre Drive, will be managed by the housing authority.
Publication: MetroWest Daily News, Apr 2, 2014
Somerville: 10 vie for master developer status in Union Square SOMERVILLE - The Union Square Citizens Advisory Committee has finished interviewing the 10 companies vying for master developer status and have scheduled meetings for April 2 and 8 to discuss finalists and recommend a master developer. The city's web site has a list of the 10 vying to be designated for this area, which is soon to have a new Green Line transit stop.
Publication: somerville.gov, Apr 2, 2014
Hopkinton: Construction complete at 240-unit complex HOPKINTON --- Construction was recently completed on a 240-unit apartment complex on the site of the former Weston Nurseries property. The new complex, called Alta Legacy Farms, has 156 one-bedroom apartments and 84 two-bedroom apartments with 60 units reserved as affordable. The development is part of the mixed-use Legacy Farms project, which will include 940 single-family and attached homes, 450,000 square feet of commercial space and more than 500 acres of preserved open space
Publication: The Worcester Business Journal, Apr 1, 2014
Wellfleet: 2 info sessions for affordable condo units WELLFLEET --- Information sessions will be held on April 3 & 5 to learn about five affordable condominium units coming on the market later this year. The sessions will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on April 3 and 10:30 a.m. to noon on April 5 at the public library at 55 West Main St. For more information, call 508-487-2426, ext. 4 or email email@example.com.
Publication: Cape Cod Times, Mar 25, 2014
Littleton: ZBA approves amended plan for 200 units LITTLETON --- The ZBA recently approved amendments to a proposed 200-unit housing development plan.. The developer, Omni Properties, will build 144 rental units (36 affordable) and 56 homeownership units (14 affordable) at 15 Great Road. The project will be built in three phases and a lottery to determine residents will be held in the coming weeks.
Publication: The Littleton Independent, Mar 18, 2014
Norwood: Resident's consultant says town has satisfied 40B NORWOOD --- A consultant hired by a private resident to determine whether Norwood has complied with the state's affordable housing law has reportedly found that the town is exempt due to the amount of land that is used for affordable housing. Town officials have received approval from selectmen to sit down with the consultant, Richard Heaton, to compare his findings with the town's data. The town is currently evaluating or anticipating several Ch. 40B proposals.
Publication: Norwood Transcript & Bulletin, Feb 23, 2014
Pittsfield: Holds meeting to discuss need for more shelters PITTSFIELD --- With the city's main homeless shelter filled to capacity, a community meeting was held recently to brainstorm how the region can handle the growing number of homeless individuals and families.
Publication: Berkshire Eagle, Feb 22, 2014
Somerville: Loans nonprofit $500K for housing at legion hall SOMERVILLE --- City officials are loaning the Somerville Community Corporation $500,000 to turn the old American Legion in East Somerville into mixed low-income and market rate housing.
Publication: Somerville Journal, Feb 21, 2014
Boston: BRA approves 165 affordable units throughout city BOSTON --- The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) recently approved four new projects with 165 units designated as affordable. The first development will consist of two mixed-use buildings in the South End. The buildings will contain 602 units of housing (78 affordable units), 33,500 square feet of ground floor retail, restaurant and amenity space. The second development will consist of 66 affordable apartments in Chinatown. The third development will consist of 44 rental units (10 affordable units), 4,124 square feet of retail space and community gardens in the Mission Hill neighborhood. The fourth project will feature 80 rental units (11 affordable units), 1,715 square feet of commercial space, a 562 square foot retail space and three community rooms in Allston.
Publication: The Boston Redevelopment Authority website, Feb 19, 2014