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.
Lakeville: Can't count all 204 units in T project as affordable LAKEVILLE --- The state's Department of Housing and Community Development has concluded that not all of the 204 units at Lakeville Station will count towards the town's affordable housing inventory because the development cannot be viewed as one project but rather astwo apartment buildings that operate separately, with all of the affordable units located in the 104-unit Kensington Court phase.
Publication: New Bedford Standard-Times, Sep 11, 2013
MV: Housing trust to buy 6-unit rental building for $600K VINEYARD HAVEN --- The Island Housing Trust (IHT) has signed a purchase and sale agreement with Ronald and Margaret Jackson to purchase a six-unit apartment building, one of four in the Village Court complex on State Road in Vineyard Haven. IHIT has until the end of the year to finance the $600,000 acquisition. IHT Executive Director Phillippe Jordi said additional funds - possibly from the Community Preservation Act - will be used to renovate the units and he expects the one-bedroom units will rent for $700 a month and the two-bedroom units for $840 to qualified low-income working Island families and individuals.
Publication: Martha's Vineyard Times, Sep 11, 2013
Williamstown: Board votes to buy flood-damaged trailer park WILLIAMSTOWN --- Almost two years after floodwaters sparked by Hurricane Irene destroyed more than 200 residences in the Spruces Mobile Home Park, selectmen voted last month to buy the property, which would be the first step toward the town finding new, safer affordable homes for the 66 families that still live there. Town meeting must still OK the $600,000 purchase as the town continues to pursue several sites in town for affordable housing development.
Publication: North Adams Transcript, Sep 11, 2013
Boston: Mayor unveils plan to build 30,000 units by 2020 BOSTON --- Following up on his springtime goal of seeing the City of Boston build 30,000 new homes by 2020, Mayor Thomas Menino is putting forth a plan to help the city get there. The plan includes allowing taller structures with smaller units, selling public land to developers at a discount, and using subsidies to spur development of more affordable housing.
Publication: Boston Globe, Sep 9, 2013
Norwood: ZBA OK's Ch. 40B permit for Upland Woods NORWOOD --- After negotiating with the developer to reduce the size of the development and make other changes, the Norwood Zoning Board of Appeals reluctantly granted Campanelli and Thorndike Development a Ch. 40B comprehensive permit so it can proceed to build Upland Woods, a 260-unit apartment complex.
Publication: Norwood Bulletin & Transcript, Sep 9, 2013
Cape: Colleagues remember housing advocate Bob Murray FALMOUTH --- Friends and colleagues had nothing but praise for Bob Murray, who died on Sept. 5 after spending more than 25 years of his "retirement" spearheading affordable housing developments in Harwich and Falmouth as well as starting an annual walk from Provincetown to Falmouth to raise funds and awareness for affordable housing.
Publication: Cape Cod Times, Sep 8, 2013
No. Attleboro: Selectmen give 45-unit 40B thumbs down NORTH ATTLEBORO --- With some anguish, selectmen unanimously voted not to support Great Bridge Properties' bid to build a 45-unit rental 40B on 2.5 acres near Rt. 1, saying the proposal was too large and not in keeping with the neighborhood's smaller homes. Great Bridge can continue to pursue a 40B permit with the town's zoning board of appeals but has indicated it would not do that without town support. Selectman Michael Thompson struggled with the decision. "I'm really torn," he said. "I'm one of those kids who grew up in triple deckers on the north end of town. We weren't rich, far from it, not even close. With these projects, I realize all these bells and whistles go off that we're going to get bad people in town. I'll tell you something, all of us kids that grew up here and grew up in those neighborhoods now contribute to this town."
Publication: North Attleborough Free Press, Sep 6, 2013
Norwood: Board OKs pursuit of 270-unit downtown 40R NORWOOD --- By a 3-2 vote, selectmen have approved the town's application to the state for a Ch. 40R smart growth overlay district for the former Plimpton Press site, which is steps away from the town's downtown commuter rail station. If approved by the state and then a two-thirds vote at town meeting, the owners plan to redevelop the 7.82 acre property into 270 apartments.
Publication: Norwood Trascript & Bulletin, Sep 6, 2013
Boston: JP residents question 280-unit plan at Forest Hills BOSTON --- At a recent community meeting, Jamaica Plain residents called for more affordability and more three-bedroom units at the proposed "Commons at Forest Hills Station" apartment project. The developers, John M. Corcoran & Co. and the Brennan Group, are planning to buy the property at 3593-3615 Washington St. and are proposing a 280-unit project with 10 three-bedroom units and 37 affordable units. Residents want at least 25 percent affordable units.
Publication: Jamaica Plain Gazette, Sep 5, 2013
Bridgewater: May OK downtown housing on upper floors BRIDGEWATER --- The town is poised to approve zoning amendments that would allow housing in the central business district by special permit as long as it is confined to the upper stories of commercial buildings. The plan would allow up to five housing units per acre, or six to eight units if 25 percent of them were affordable. Town council was scheduled to discuss the matter on Sept. 3 and could OK the measure at that time.
Publication: Boston Globe, Sep 2, 2013