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.
Boston: Instant nostalgia & neighborhood rebranding BOSTON --- Anthony Flint of the Lincoln Institute takes a look at development around Boston and how urban developers are taking a page from their suburban counterparts in naming their projects after the buildings and history they've just destroyed. He calls it "instant nostalgia."
Publication: City Lab, Sep 8, 2014
Easton: Developers say 40Bs will be revenue positive for town EASTON --- The developers of two large-scale Ch. 40B affordable housing proposals totaling 541 units say their projects will bring more revenue into the town than it they will cost in local services.
Publication: Easton Journal, Sep 5, 2014
Worcester: 6 nonprofits will not have to repay fed funds WORCESTER --- City Manager Edwad M. Augustus Jr. has told six nonprofit housing groups that they will not be held responsible for $2 million in repayments associated with an ongong federal audit that found inadequate documentation for some $2 million in funds during 2009-2011. Instead, the city will work with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to establish the best course of payment once a final determination is made on the amount of funds that in question.
Publication: Worcester Telegram, Sep 4, 2014
Needham: Gov blocks legislation aimed at stopping 40B NEEDHAM--- Gov. Deval Patrick has vetoed legislation calling for the state to purchase two parcels of land by eminent domain in Needham so as to create a highway buffer zone, saying the proposal is aimed at stopping a "much-needed" afforable housing proposal known as Greendale Mews. The town's ZBA approved the Mews plan in December with a condition that it be only 108 units, far less than the developer's 300-unit proposal. The developer is appealing the ruling.
Publication: Needham Times, Aug 20, 2014
Littleton: Local developer ready to build 42 homeownership units LITTLETON --- Acton-based Seal Harbor Development is ready to begin construction on Wildflower Meadow, a Ch. 40B homeownership project that will feature 42 market-rate and 14 affordable homes located near the Acton line.
Publication: Littleton Independent, Aug 19, 2014
Brighton: Brighton Landing approved to add 250 units BRIGHTON --- The BRA recently approved the addition of 250 residential units to the mixed-use Boston Landing project. The project also received approval for an additional 15,000 square feet of retail space.
Publication: Banker & Tradesman, Aug 18, 2014
Danvers: Expects to reach 10% threshold by year's end DANVERS --- The town will reach the state's 10-percent threshold for affordable housing by year's end, according to the town's affordable housing production plan.
Publication: Salem News, Aug 16, 2014
Northampton: CPA funds help non-profit preserve 22 units NORTHAMPTON --- Home City Housing, a Springfield-based non-profit is in the process of renovating and preserving the 22 affordable units at New South Street Apartments, using a combination of CPA funds, CDBG funds and private financing.
Publication: Hampshire Gazette, Aug 14, 2014
Boston: Longtime activist, Urban Edge co-founder remembered BOSTON --- Longtime Jamaica Plain activist Helene C. Leary, who joined activists in opposing an expressway through JP and later helped start the non-profit Urban Edge to fight red-lining and make the real estate market more open to all people, died on July 27 at age 92.
Publication: Boston Globe, Aug 13, 2014
MV: Housing shortage more acute than ever, Islanders say MARTHA'S VINEYARD --- Islanders say the age-old problem of finding summer and year-round affordable housing seems worse than ever this summer, what with an improving economy, a nearly sold-out rental vacation market and 3,500 people who have joined a Facebook page called "MV Housing Rentals."
Publication: Vineyard Gazette, Aug 12, 2014