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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: Ownership restructure will preserve 640 senior units QUINCY --- A new ownership structure has been set up for the purposes of purchasing and rehabilitating the 640-unit senior housing apartment complex at Quincy Point. The complex's previous owner, Quincy Point Congregational Church Homes, has partnered with the National Foundation for Affordable Housing Solutions to purchase the property for $70.6 million. The new ownership will result in renovations to the property and a preservation of affordability.
Publication: The Patriot Ledger, Jan 22, 2015
Scituate: Wetlands an issue with 200-unit 40B proposal SCITUATE --- Representatives from the Livingstone Company and Global Property Developers met with the town's conservation commission and residents over a proposed 200-unit Ch. 40B housing development and discussed the issue of groundwater being pushed to adjacent properties if the project is built.
Publication: The Patriot Ledger, Jan 22, 2015
Ashland: 40B developer hires consultant to analyze wetlands ASHLAND --- The developer who is seeking a Ch. 40B permit to build 140 units of mixed-income housing has retained a wetlands consultant to challenge the town's 2011 determination of what part of the property is considered wetlands.
Publication: MetroWest Daily News, Jan 21, 2015
Shirley: Mulls plan to gain greater control over 40B SHIRLEY --- A regional planner met with the planning board recently to explain how creating an affordable housing plan would put the town on track to create more affordable housing and gain greater control over Ch. 40B housing development.
Publication: Nashoba Publishing, Jan 19, 2015
Brockton: Fed building to become home for vets BROCKTON --- Windover Construction and Peabody Properties are partnering with two nonprofits - Father Bill's & MainSpring and Affordable Housing and Services Collaborative of Braintree - to do a $7 million conversion of a federal building into 14 units of housing for veterans. The brick building is on the campus of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
Publication: Boston Globe, Jan 18, 2015
Newton: Residents say 80-unit plan near rail is too big NEWTON --- Residents say an 80-unit mixed-use, mixed-income development plan for a city-owned parcel near the commuter rail in the city's Newtonville section is too big.
Publication: Boston Globe, Jan 18, 2015
Fitchburg: Fire shows why lodging houses hard to regulate FITCHBURG --- Officials say an apartment house fire that has left seven men homeless illustrates the difficulties the city has in regulating landlords who avoid the bureaucratic process involved in renting their properties to low-income residents.
Publication: Fitchburg Sentinel, Jan 16, 2015
Plymouth: 10 years later, plan for copper site inches forward PLYMOUTH --- Ten years after obtaining a copper and brass factory site that had been cleaned up by the Plymouth Redevelopment Authority, Weymouth-based developer John Iredale finally came before the Zoning Board of Appeals to begin the process of asking for a special permit that would allow him to develop 42 mixed-income apartments.
Publication: Old Colony Memorial, Jan 14, 2015
Lunenburg: ZBA OKs 40B permit for 120 units near lake LUNENBURG --- The town's zoning board of appeals has granted a Ch. 40B comprehensive permit to developer Gary Lorden's plan to build 120 mixed-income apartment on 41 acres near Whalom Lake.
Publication: Fitchburg Sentinel, Jan 13, 2015
Shrewsbury: Tours 40B sites with residents, state officials SHREWSBURY --- Residents and town officials were on hand recently as state officials began their review of two sites that have been proposed for Ch. 40B housing developments totaling 450 units.
Publication: Worcester Telegram, Jan 13, 2015
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