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.
Norfolk: Likes 40B plan for 28 homes on 34 acres NORFOLK --- Plans to use Ch. 40B to build 28 for-sale homes on the town-owned 34-cacre "Boy Scout" land site has received initial praise from town leaders, who like Oxbow's Devevelopment's plans to cluster the homes, protect more open space and preserve wetlands. Oxbow recently completed a similar project in Wayland.
Publication: Attleboro Sun (subscription required), Oct 21, 2014
Somerville: Wants to give breaks to landlords who rent low SOMERVILLE --- Mayor Joseph Curtatone recently released details of an affordable housing plan that calls for taxing home flippers and giving tax breaks to landlords who keep their rents low.
Publication: Somerville Journal, Oct 21, 2014
Townsend: 2nd phase of Turnpike Village ready in Jan. TOWNSEND --- With 24 rental apartments completed and rented within 30 days, the developers of the Ch. 40B Turnpike Village apartment complex say the 24-unit second phase will be completed and ready for occupancy by Jan. 2015.
Publication: Oct 21, 2014
Vineyard Haven: ZBA OKs trust's 6-unit plan near ferry TISBURY --- The Tisbury zoning board of appeals (ZBA) unanimously approved a six-unit affordable rental apartment building on Water Street at a hearing on Friday. The written decision on a comprehensive permit for the Island Housing Trust's (IHT) project, with conditions, is expected to be finalized this week.
Publication: Martha's Vineyard Times, Oct 21, 2014
P-town: Town manager choice says no, cites housing cost PROVINCETOWN --- The topic of housing is dominating this town's search for a town manager, with the top candidate turning down the job due to the high cost of housing and a lack of professional jobs for his spouse, and the search committee reiterating that it's looking for a leader who can address the town's lack of housing and year-round jobs.
Publication: Cape Cod Times, Oct 20, 2014
Shrewsbury: Request attracts 3 'friendly' 40B proposals SHREWSBURY --- The town has has received three proposals in response to its request for "friendly" 40B projects, which was made this summer after the town had concerns about several large potential 40B proposals.
Publication: Shrewsbury Chronicle, Oct 20, 2014
Cape: Forum focuses on regional solutions to housing ORLEANS --- A meeting of local affordable housing advocates aimed at discussing the needs for the smaller towns of eastern Cape Cod focused on the idea of acting regionally to address the region's housing needs.
Publication: Cape Cod Times, Oct 17, 2014
Wellesley: Talks continue on sale of college land to town WELLESLEY --- Discussions about Wellesley College selling 47 acres to the town have been deferred until after the upcoming fall special town meeting. The parties have been in discussion about the property across from Wellesley College, which has been valued at $25 million. Wellesley College is selling the land to fund a campus renewal project and the town has signaled interest so as to control development of the property. Voters would have to approve such a purchase at a special town meeting.
Publication: Wellesley Townsman, Oct 17, 2014
Quincy: Housing needed to keep up with growth, report says QUINCY --- By 2030, Quincy needs to increase its total housing stock by nearly 20 percent in order to keep up with market demand and population growth, according to research done by the Metropolitan Area Planning Council.
Publication: The Patriot Ledger, Oct 16, 2014
Boston: Mayor sets housing goal, says CPA would help BOSTON --- In announcing his administration's ambitious plan to build 53,000 new units of housing by 2030, Mayor Martin J. Walsh resurrected the idea of of having the city adopt the Community Preservation Act, something the city voted down in 2001 after a concerted effort by businesses to defeat the measure. Since then, the number of communities in Mass. that have adopted CPA has grown to 155.
Publication: Boston Herald, Oct 9, 2014