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.
New Bedford: Responds to audit finding over-income residents NEW BEDFORD --- After a federal audit of 15 public housing authorities revealed that 100 residents living in the city's public housing are over income, the executive director of the New Bedford Housing Authority said kicking people out for making more money after they've qualified for public housing will take away the incentive of trying, although he did indicate families who are well over the income limits should be moved so that more deserving families on the waiting list can be helped.
Publication: New Bedford Standard-Times, Aug 22, 2015
Boston: OKs housing for Dudley, Washington Park, Egleston BOSTON --- The city has OK'd four projects in the Roxbury area that promise to bring a mixture of market rate and affordable housing as well as commercial space to commercial areas that have long been vacant.
Publication: Bay State Banner, Aug 21, 2015
Cambridge: 42 acres near science museum sells for $300M CAMBRIDGE --- San Francisco-based DivcoWest continued its recent Boston buying spree, paying a rumored $300 million for 42 acres near the Museum of Science. The land, previously co-owned by former Laker Magic Johnson, is expected to be developed into 3,000 apartments, office buildings and lab space. Divco has bought four office buildings in Boston and Kendall Square since 2013.
Publication: Boston Globe, Aug 21, 2015
Gloucester: Church seeks funding to build 30 apartments GLOUCESTER --- A proposal by St. John's Episcopal Church to build 30 apartments in its parking lot is already hitting a snag as the city's Community Preservation Committee is recommending to give the church only $5,000 toward a feasibility study, $10,000 less than the church was asking for.
Publication: Gloucester Daily Times, Aug 20, 2015
Nantucket: OKs special permit for 28 apartments NANTUCKET --- The island is on the verge of seeing the construction of its first apartment complex as the planning board has granted Richmond Great Point Development a special permit to build 28 studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments targeted to island's work force population. The apartments are part of Richmond's plans to develop 70 acres it bought for $30.6 million in August 2013 into a mixed-use neighborhood.
Publication: Nantucket Mirror, Aug 20, 2015
Quincy: Nonprofit purchases, preserves 78 apartments QUINCY --- Neighborworks of Southern Mass - a Quincy-based nonprofit - has purchased, will renovate and preserve the affordability of Kendrigan Place, a 78-unit apartment building in Quincy.
Publication: The Patriot Ledger, Aug 20, 2015
Greenfield: Apartment building refinances, preserves 20 units GREENFIELD --- The Congress Companies - owner of a 94-unit apartment building on Congress St. - has received a $6.8 million low-interest loan that it will use to make necessary system repairs and preserve 20 of its apartments as affordable for the next 20 years.
Publication: Aug 19, 2015
Dorchester: Federal Choice grant creates jobs, apartments BOSTON --- The Urban Land Institute takes an in depth look at the success of the Choice Neighborhoods Initiative, a federal program that provided a $20 million grant to support the rehabilitation of 129 apartments in Dorchester and the renovation of an old meat factory into a food production center that resulted in 84 jobs.
Publication: Urban Land, Aug 18, 2015
Boston: JPNDC eyes city site for apartment development BOSTON --- The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC) has filed a letter of intent with the Boston Redevelopment Authority for a $16.4 million affordable rental development at City-owned land formed by the triangle of Heath, New Heath and Bromley streets.
Publication: Jamaica Plain Gazette, Aug 16, 2015
Foxboro: 248-unit 40B continues to raise resident ire FOXBORO --- In their final meeting with the zoning board of appeals, residents near a proposed 248-unit Ch. 40B apartment development expressed frustration at the developer's refusal to compromise on the size of the project, which they have described as a "battleship in a creek" in a formal letter of protest to the board. Residents also say if the project goes forward, proposed road improvements onto Rt. 140 are too small to handle the expected traffic.
Publication: Foxboro Reporter, Aug 16, 2015