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: Construction starts on 312-unit Chinatown development BOSTON --- Construction has begun on One Greenway, a 362-unit mixed-income development that borders Boston's Chinatown and the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway. The project is a joint venture of New Boston Fund and the Asian CDC and will consist of two buildings bookending a third of an acre of open space. The 312-unit North building will feature 217 market rate rentals and 95 affordable rental apartments while the South building will feature 50 affordable condominums.
Publication: Boston Globe, Dec 12, 2013
Norton: Has issue with height of buildings in 188-unit 40B NORTON --- In an effort to maintain the "country" look of its town, selectmen remain unhappy with a 188-unit, five-building 40B proposal that calls for some buildings to be over 50 feet high. The town initially got Thorndike Development and Campanelli Corp. to cut the height of its buildings back from 55 feet to 49 feet 10 inches but reporteldy remain upset with the town's Zoning Board of Appeals after learning that revised plans call for two buildings to be over 50 feet.
Publication: Norton Mirror, Dec 12, 2013
State: Makes 33 infrastructure grants totalling $79M BOSTON, Dec. 12, 2013 - In continuation of the Patrick Administration's efforts to stimulate job creation and support long-term economic growth, Housing and Economic Development Secretary Greg Bialecki today announced over $79 million for 33 MassWorks Infrastructure Program grants to support development throughout the Commonwealth.
Publication: www.mass.gov, Dec 12, 2013
Boston: BRA approves first car-free development in city BOSTON --- The BRA recently approved the city's first parking-free condominium building consisting of 175 units located at Lovejoy Wharf near North Station. Typically, the city requires developers of residential buildings in downtown neighborhoods to supply at least one parking space for every two homes constructed.
Publication: The Boston Globe, Dec 6, 2013
Worcester: Aims to continue revitalization of downtown mall WORCESTER --- With two tentants occupying 280,000 square feet of office space and a 500-car parking garage on the way, the redevelopment of the city's Galleria Mall is off to a good start, although officials worry that further progress on the 13.6 acre downtown site may be hindered by a weak finance market, low rental rates and a lack of nighttime foot traffic.
Publication: Worcester Business Journal, Nov 28, 2013
Worcester: City manager takes job with real estate firm WORCESTER --- City Manager Michael O'Brien submitted his letter of resignation on Nov. 20 to take a job with WinnDevelopment, a Boston-based national real estate firm that specializes in affordable housing.
Publication: Worcester Telegram, Nov 21, 2013
Williamstown: OKs $2.6M for housing on site given by college WILLIAMSTOWN --- In the town's ongoing efforts to create safer affordable housing after Hurricane Irene floodwaters destroyed much an affordable mobile home park, selectmen voted unanimously in November to commit $2.6 million to a proposed 40-unit affordable housing project that would be built on a four-acre site donated by Williams College.
Publication: North Adams Transcript, Nov 20, 2013
Lowell: New homes for men transitioning out of foster care LOWELL --- A Westford Street building that once housed Paige Pharmacy has been transformed by the Caleb Group into 10 affordable one-bedroom apartments for young men transitioning out of the state's foster care program.
Publication: Lowell Sun, Nov 19, 2013
Devens: Lexington-based group hopes to build 120 homes DEVENS -- A development team from Lexington could soon begin drafting plans to turn 35 acres at the former Fort Devens military base into 120 new housing units. MassDevelopment, the state agency that controls the Devens redevelopment, voted recently to negotiate an agreement with Evergreen Village Collaborative, a Lexington-based team that includes developers, builders and designers. The group has proposed to build a "walkable neighborhood" project with 40 large and small single-family homes, 40 duplex and townhome units and 40 rental apartments,
Publication: Lowell Sun, Nov 18, 2013
Norwell: Not happy with 40B after ZBA OKs 126-unit plan NORWELL --- Selectmen are considering sending a letter to Gov. Deval Patrick outlining their opposition to the state's affordable housing law after the town's zoning board of appeals OK'd a Ch. 40B permit for a 126-unit project on 17.5 acres known as Simon Hill.
Publication: Norwell Mariner, Nov 17, 2013