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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.

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
Northampton: CDC's plan for lumber yard gets 2 key OKs NORTHAMPTON --- The proposed $20 million redevelopment of the Northampton Lumber site won two major approvals recently as both the planning board and the Central Business Architecture Committee OK'd plans to knock down existing buildings and replace it with 55 affordable rental homes and 5,300 square feet of commercial space. The approval clears the way for the developer, Valley CDC, to seek a Community Preservation Act grant that would enable them to seek low-income tax credit funding from the state.
Publication: Hampshire Gazette, Jan 12, 2015
Newton: 40B threshold claim challenged by developers NEWTON --- Developers of a proposed 135-unit apartment Ch. 40B complex on Rowe Street have challenged the city's assertion that it has met an affordable housing threshold of having more than 1.5 percent of its developable land being used for affordable housing.
Publication: Boston Globe, Jan 11, 2015
Provincetown: Can ask for housing donation on tax bills PROVINCETOWN --- Following last month's passage by the House of Representatives, Gov. Deval Patrick in one of his last acts as leader of the state signed a law that will allow the town to put on its tax bills a box that will allow taxpayers to make a voluntary donation to the town for affordable housing.
Publication: Cape Cod Times, Jan 10, 2015
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