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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.

Northampton: 55 apartments proposed for lumber yard NORTHAMPTON --- The Valley CDC has submitted revised plans for a $20 million affordable housing development at the former Northampton Lumber site. The nonprofit hopes to build a four-story building with 55 affordable apartments and first-floor commercial space.
Publication: Springfield Republican, Dec 31, 2014
Amherst: Property owners sues to stop 5-story mixed use project AMHERST --- Amherst property owner Joel Greenbaum has filed an appeal of the Planning Board decision to grant site plan approval for One East Pleasant Street - a five-story mixed used development where the Carriage Shops are located.
Publication: Springfield Republican, Dec 29, 2014
Newton: Says it is exempt from 40B based on land use NEWTON --- Calculations made by various city departments have determined that Newton has met one of the requirements to gain exemption from Ch. 40B housing developments. Less than 10 percent of the city's housing is affordable but the city has found it meets the other requirement as more than 1.5 percent of its eligible land area is being used for affordable housing.
Publication: Boston Globe, Dec 28, 2014
Andover: Board deliberates on 133-unit senior 40B ANDOVER --- The planning board has ended public discussions and is now deliberating on whether to grant National Development a Ch. 40B comprehensive permit to build a two-phase, 133-unit senior housing development on the former Strawberry Hill Farm.
Publication: Andover Townsman, Dec 23, 2014
Brockton: Downtown artist work spaces to be ready by spring BROCKTON --- In a sure signal Brockton's downtown development is moving forward, Trinity Financial has announced that applications are being taken for the 42 apartments in Enso Flats, the new 42-unit artist live-work space that is part of Trinity's $100 million residential and commercial development within steps of the city's commuter rail station. The flats are expected to be ready by spring.
Publication: Boston Globe, Dec 14, 2014
Boston: Activists worry about rising rents along Fairmount line BOSTON --- Many of the activists who lobbied for the Fairmount commuter rail line to add stops in Roxbury, Dorchester and Mattapan are now worried that these stops will result in higher rents and the displacement of lower-income residents. On Dec. 7, a community discussion was convened by the Codman Square CDC to discuss what to do about this issue.
Publication: Bay State Banner, Dec 10, 2014
Franklin County: Study finds shortage of low-income housing GREENFIELD --- A regional housing study for Franklin County has found that there is a shortage of housing for residents making below 50 percent of the region's median household income or under $40,000 per year.
Publication: Greenfield Recorder, Dec 8, 2014
MetroWest: Editorial warns high housing costs could derail economy FRAMINGHAM --- An editorial in the MetroWest Daily News warns that the state's high housing costs and our failure to build more moderately-priced housing could derail the state's economy and make it tougher on working families.
Publication: MetroWest Daily News, Dec 7, 2014
Quincy: Sober house plan will oust 20 low-income residents QUINCY --- Twenty low-income rooming house residents will soon be forced to find other rental housing now that Dorchester's Solutions Group Inc. has announced plans to turn the property into a 33-bedroom sober house.
Publication: The Patriot Ledger, Dec 6, 2014
Hopkinton: Asks 40B to boost plan from 250 to 280 units HOPKINTON --- Town officials have asked the developers of a Ch. 40B housing development on Lumber Street to increase their proposal from 250 to 280 units so that the town can raise its supply of affordable housing above 10 percent, thereby gaining more control over future Ch. 40B multifamily requests. If passed, Mill Creek Residential's development will include 84 one-, 122 two- and 36 three-bedroom apartments spread out over six buildings.
Publication: MetroWest Daily News, Dec 5, 2014
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