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.
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
Lunenburg: Former school to be turned into 40 senior units LUNENBURG --- Two local developers have recently proposed converting the old Primary School into 40 units of affordable housing for seniors. The Eagle Height project would consist of one- and two-bedroom apartments. The developers had initially tried to receive financing for the project through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) but are now looking for state grants. Developers hope to have financing in place by 2015.
Publication: The Sentinel & Enterprise, Feb 19, 2014
Somerville: Study warns T extension will cause rents to rise SOMERVILLE --- A report about the housing impact of extending the Green Line into Somerville is warning that rents could skyrocket by as much as 67 percent in some areas and put lower-income residents at risk of being displaced.
Publication: Boston Globe, Feb 12, 2014
Acushnet: Housing plan aimed at controlling 40Bs ACUSHNET --- Hoping to add affordable housing at a size and scale it prefers, the town manager unveiled a housing plan recently that includes guidelines for negotiating with Ch. 40B proposals as well as setting benchmarks for how many units the town would have to add per year to gain temporary relief from 40B proposals.
Publication: New Bedford Standard-Times, Feb 11, 2014
South Shore: Ledger series focuses on high housing costs QUINCY --- Patriot Ledger reporter Chris Burrell recently did a housing series focusing on the rising number of eviction cases in housing court, the rising rents on the South Shore and the impact of homelessness on families. The Ledger followed this up with an editorial and legislative reaction. Here are the links: http://www.patriotledger.com/article/20140201/NEWS/140139030/1994/NEWS http://www.patriotledger.com/article/20140202/NEWS/140209518/1999/NEWS http://www.patriotledger.com/article/20140203/NEWS/140209138/1999/NEWS http://www.patriotledger.com/article/20140202/OPINION/140138979/11669/NEWS http://www.patriotledger.com/article/20140210/NEWS/140219879/1999/NEWS
Publication: The Patriot Ledger, Feb 10, 2014
Newton: 36 condos too much for narrow street, residents say NEWTON --- A group of about 20 Court Street area residents met with Mayor Setti Warren at City Hall late last month to air concerns about a proposed 36-unit condominium project they say will change the character of their tight-knit Newtonville neighborhood.
Publication: Boston Globe, Feb 7, 2014
Walpole: Builder indicates town stalling, wants 40B permit WALPOLE --- Alleging that the town did not hold a public hearing within the required 30 days after it filed for a Ch. 40B comprehensive permit, Bayberry Homes did not appear before residents at a Jan. 22 ZBA hearing and has instead filed for a motion asking for a permit to build 174 units without a public hearing. The Town of Walpole says the Bayberry applicaton was incomplete and thus it could not schedule a meeting.
Publication: Walpole Times, Feb 7, 2014