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.
Newton: Committee OKs Austin St., then asks for a review NEWTON --- After voting 6-1 in favor of a controversial proposal to turn an Austin St. municipal parking lot into 68 apartments with 17 affordable units, the Board of Alderman's Land Use Committee asked that the proposal be referred back to them for a review of the conditions imposed on the developer.
Publication: Newton Tab, Nov 18, 2015
Quincy: Debates downtown affordable exemption QUINCY - Supporters of a zoning change that would force downtown developers to invest in affordable housing say skyrocketing rental costs are pushing residents out, and builders across the city should share the burden of funding reasonably priced units.
Publication: The Patriot Ledger, Nov 17, 2015
Nantucket: TM OKs 2 affordable zoning measures NANUCKET --- Voters at Special Town Meeting approved a pair of zoning proposals that will allow increased building density in exchange for the creation of affordable housing,
Publication: Nantucket Mirror, Nov 16, 2015
Chelmsford: Inclusionary zoning for town center, commercial CHELMSFORD --- At town meeting, voters passed by a two-third majority a measure that would allow inclusionary zoning in two overlay districts - the town center and commercially zoned areas. Developers will be asked to make 20 percent of units affordable or make payments into a housing fund.
Publication: Chelmsford Independent, Nov 9, 2015
Revere: Before losing election, mayor pitches apartment pause REVERE --- One week before being ousted by 117 votes by City Councilor Brian Arrigo, Mayor Dan Rizzo called for a moratorium on any residential building projects over two units, saying he was reacting to concerns from residents about too much residential development.
Publication: Revere Journal, Nov 9, 2015
Sandwich: Denies it gave owner right to sell at market price SANDWICH --- The buyer of an affordable home in a mixed-income Ch. 40B homeownership development is locked in a battle with the town over whether she can sell her home at any price, a waiver the town gave her after she agreed to reduce the number of bedrooms from three to two so she could lower her septic system costs.
Publication: Cape Cod Times, Nov 9, 2015
Worcester: Judge strikes down 2 anti-panhandle ordinances WORCESTER - A federal judge has struck down two city anti-panhandling ordinances as unconstitutional, reversing his earlier ruling in light of a recent Supreme Court decision and decisions striking down similar ordinances in Lowell and Maine.
Publication: Worcester Telegram, Nov 9, 2015
Editorial: Ease affordability regs in working class neighborhoods BOSTON --- In a Sunday editorial, the Boston Globe reasons its fine to have affordability requirements for luxury housing but those same requirements inhibit the construction of housing in working class neighborhoods. The Globe argues that affordable requirements should be reduced or eliminated in these neighborhoods, which would promote more new housing and take the pressure off three deckers and traditional housing for families.
Publication: Boston Globe, Nov 8, 2015
Amesbury: Targets 8 homes with AG's receivership program AMESBURY --- The city has been utilizing the state Attorney General's receivership program to address blighted properties. Since 2014, the city has worked with the AG to move on eight properties. Thus far, the program has compelled four owners to fix their properties, two are in receivership and two are in court.
Publication: Wicked Local Amesbury, Nov 7, 2015
Sudbury: Board declines support for 1 of 2 40Bs SUDBURY --- Concerns over more cars and more school children have caused the Board of Selectmen to decline support of local developer Chris Clausson's plan to pursue a Ch. 40B permit to build 250 units on 39 acres, one of two the town is expected to have to consider in the coming months.
Publication: MetroWest Daily News, Nov 3, 2015