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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.

Methuen: Sr. housing gets waiver, family housing probably not METHUEN --- After previously waiving its rural zoning exemptions to allow 250 units of senior housing, the City of Methuen has indicated that a developer's plan to use Ch. 40B to build 123 homes for families does not fit the city's overall development plan and is inappropriate for the rural part of town for which it is proposed.
Publication: Lawrence Eagle Tribune, Apr 15, 2015
Wrentham: Girding to hear about 4 multifamily proposals WRENTHAM --- Town officials are gearing up to hear details about four large affordable housing development proposals, three of which are expected to rental developments of over 200 units. The fourth proposal - a plan for the former Crosby Valve site near downtown - is in the early stages, selectmen say.
Publication: Attleboro Sun, Apr 15, 2015
Salem: 4 starter homes planned for old plumbing supply site SALEM --- A Danvers-based builder who has done approximately 20 home construction and renovation projects in Salem has an agreement to buy a former plumbing supply building on Bridge St., knock it down and construct four 1,500-square foot starter homes.
Publication: Salem News, Apr 14, 2015
Newton: How homeless plan blew up, became lux condos NEWTON --- In a March feature for Boston Magazine, reporter and Newton resident Lauren Gibbons Paul goes in depth on how a plan to turn an old firehouse into housing for the homeless turned neighbor against neighbor, and ultimately resulted in the city lifting a restriction so the property could be developed into luxury condos.
Publication: Boston Magazine, Apr 13, 2015
Norwell: Trust wants to turn old police station into housing NORWELL --- The local housing trust's plans to turn the old police station into 14 units of affordable housing hinges on the May 4 town meeting, where residents will vote on whether to transfer the building to the trust, the American Legion or to put the property up for sale.
Publication: Norwell Mariner, Apr 13, 2015
Marlborough: Developer will pay rather than build affordable units MARLBOROUGH --- Arguing that more than 10 percent of the town's housing is affordable, the lawyer for a developer who is proposing to build 60 townhouse condominiums is asking the city to let the developer pay $450,000 rather than include nine affordable units in the project. The city has an inclusionary zoning bylaw that requires all developments over 20 units to have 15 percent of units affordable but the developer is asking the city to amend this bylaw.
Publication: MestroWest Daily News, Apr 12, 2015
P-town: 'Housing' is like 'oxygen' plea fails to sway voters PROVINCETOWN --- After voting down to measures to buy land for affordable housing on the first night of town meeting, voters came back on the second night and voted down an article that proposed to transfer $1.1 million from the town's land bank fund to the CPA fund so it could also be used for affordable housing. During the discussion, one voter argued in favor of the measure by saying, "We need housing like we need oxygen."
Publication: Cape Cod Times, Apr 11, 2015
Devens: Towns to vote on zoning for senior housing HARVARD --- A super town meeting involving voters in Harvard, Shirley and Ayer will be set for later this year to allow residents to vote on a proposal by MassDevelopment to alter zoning so that senior housing can be built on the former Fort Devens army base site.
Publication: Lowell Sun, Apr 9, 2015
Amherst: To consider tax breaks for affordable housing AMHERST --- Town officials are preparing a town meeting article that asks voters to give the town permission to make a formal appeal to the legislature for permission to grant tax incentives to developers who build affordable housing units.
Publication: Amherst Gazette, Apr 8, 2015
Boston: Experts to advise city on Forest Hills-Egleston stretch BOSTON --- A national foundation that promotes excellence in land use is working with the City of Boston to evaluate transit-oriented, other residential, and commercial development opportunities along a one-mile stretch of Washington Street between the Forest Hills MBTA station and Egleston Square.
Publication: Urban Land Institute, Apr 8, 2015
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