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October

17

2018

State House News Service via WBUR » Michael P. Norton
State: Employment up 1.9%, labor force growing

Economists on the editorial board of the economic journal MassBenchmarks recently released some consensus findings showing that employment in Massachusetts has grown 1.9 percent year-to-date through August, the labor force has grown by 145,700 and domestic migration to Massachusetts seems to be on the rise.

October

17

2018

Boston Magazine
Real Estate: Tear downs threaten soul of suburbia

Boston Magazine's Kara Baskin takes a look at suburban tear downs, focusing on Lexington where 595 homes were torn down in a seven-year span. The headline for the story calls the phenomenon a "knockdown, drag-out brawl for the soul of New England's neighborhoods."

October

16

2018

Chelsea Record
Chelsea: Says no to rental, wants homeownership

CHELSEA --- Reflecting a sentiment that Chelsea has built enough rental housing and needs more homeownership, the Zoning Board of Appeals failed to approve a proposal by Traggorth Companies and The Neighborhood Developers to build 42 mixed-income apartments on a long-vacant lot. The defeat comes as a surprise as the project had city support and the development team was well-known, having teamed up to turn a blighted industrial site into the Box District, an award-winning mixed-income neighborhood near the Silver Line.

October

15

2018

Salem News » Paul Leighton
Hamilton: After no vote on 40, non-profit pitches 200

HAMILTON --- After voters on Saturday turned down a proposal for the town to contribute $600,000 to a 40-unit proposal on land near the high school, Harborlight Community Partners Executive Director Andrew DeFranza said Monday that his organization will likely partner with a larger developer and apply to the town for a Ch. 40B land use permit so it can build 200 apartments on the same site.

October

14

2018

Lowell Sun » Scott Shurtleff
Devens: Shirley Commons apartments gets state aid

DEVENS --- The long-debated Shirley Commons elderly housing proposal is nearer to reality as the development has received funding commitments from the state Department of Housing and Community Development and the MassWorks Infrastructure Grant Program. The Boston-based nonprofit Women's Institute will be developing the project, which will include 58 affordable apartments.

October

14

2018

The Patriot Ledger » Erin Tiernan
Quincy: 598-apt plan filed for medical center

QUINCY --- FoxRock Properties has taken the next step in its plans to redevelop the 15-acre Quincy Medical Center site into 598 apartments, submitting a site plan to the planning board which will begin its review on Oct. 24. The area's neighborhood association is opposing the development but has signaled its willingness to work with the developer on a plan that is satisfactory to everyone.

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