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.
Gr. Barrington: Downtown affordable condo plan gets boost GREAT BARRINGTON --- Plans to turn the former Searles/Bryant school annex into 11 affordable downtwon condominiums inched closer to reality recently when the Community Developoment Corp. of South Berkshire received state funding to hire an architect to start conceptualizing the project.
Publication: Berkshire Eagle, Feb 2, 2014
Chelmsford: Sets conditions for Princeton Properties 40B CHELMSFORD --- An affordable-housing complex of at least 108 units on Mill Road has inched forward, with the Zoning Board of Appeals agreeing to conditions with the developer. Among the conditions is one that allows developer Princeton Properties to move forward with a plan to build between 108 and 132 units on the 4.4-acre site next to the Hittite office building at the east end of Mill Road. The Zoning Board of Appeals, which will take up the matter again Feb. 20, agreed to the conditions last week. It has not issued full approval.
Publication: Lowell Sun, Feb 1, 2014
Growth: MAPC study outlines which towns will grow BOSTON --- In a breakdown of the Metropolitan Area Planning Council's report that Greater Boston will need 435,000 units to house young workers and seniors, the Globe's Matt Carroll breaks out which communities are likely to grow and need more housing.
Publication: MassGrowth blog, Jan 30, 2014
Marlborough: After audit, MHA moves to evict Sec. 8 tenants MARLBOROUGH - The Marlborough Housing Authority is attempting to terminate section 8 housing certificates for a handful of tenants who have violated the terms of their Section 8 agreements, Housing Director Douglas Bushman said last week.
Publication: MetroWest Daily News, Jan 30, 2014
Report: Mass. last in minority-Hispanic homeownership BOSTON --- Banker & Tradesman reporter Scott Van Voorhis reports that a new study set to be released today finds that Massachusetts is last in the nation in the percentage of homes owned by blacks and Hispanics (subscription required).
Publication: Banker & Tradesman, Jan 29, 2014
Boston: Nuestra recipe to boost middle class homeownership BOSTON --- Nuestra Comunidad Executive Director David Price puts forth a thoughtful seven-part recipe on how to increase homeownership opportunities for the middle class in Boston. Among his suggestions are identify the income range to be supported and and create city and state subsidies to write down purhcase prices to make homeownreship attainable.
Publication: Nuestra Comunidad web site, Jan 23, 2014
Mallach: Major problems lurk behind housing recovery WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Last month, national housing expert Alan Mallach posted an analysis on the housing recovery and sees some major problems behind the rosy numbers, such as rising rents and a slower recovery in many urban neighborhoods.
Publication: Shelterforce, Jan 23, 2014
Provincetown: Second home rise squeezing year-round residents PROVINCETOWN --- The town recently held a housing summit designed to address issues raised in the update of its 2006 housing needs study. The new study showed that there have been 376 permits issued for condos since 2007 and that many were small multi-family units that have been converted to second homes. In addition, the percentage of households paying more than 35 percent of their income for housing has risen from 44 to 59 percent.
Publication: Provincetown Banner, Jan 17, 2014
Attleboro: Demand for rental housing is high, realtors say ATTLEBORO --- A survey of local real estate listings and realtors indicates that demand for rental housing is high, with most two-bedroom apartments renting for more than $1,000 per month.
Publication: Attleboro Sun, Jan 16, 2014
Concord: Weighs 12 affordable proposals; residents concerned CONCORD --- While the Concord Housing Development Corporation (CHDC) considers a dozen proposals for affordable housing at Junction Village in West Concord, a number of residents have come forward to say they would oppose a large-scale project there.
Publication: Concord Journal, Jan 15, 2014