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11.19.14 Ipswich Celebrates First Period Homes


1670 - Thomas Dennis house - 7 County Street, Ipswich, MA

The Town Common reports that the Town of Ipswich is celebrating its historic homes the weekend of November 21-23rd.

The annual celebration is called “Ipswich Is First… Period” because 59 out of 250 remaining First Period homes in the country — homes built between 1620-1720 — are in Ipswich.  At the festival (this is the fourth year), homeowners highlight the unique architectural, period pieces and also features the town’s quaint town center.  This year’s events feature music, dance, theatre, crafts, tours, talks, food and drink at the various historic locations.

For you more information, visit or read the entire Town Common article.

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11.14.14 NAR Call for Action - Debt Forgiveness

NSAR Members…  This is an NAR Call for (your) Action

Congress must hear your voice on this important issue regarding the

Extension of Mortgage Debt Forgiveness

Realtor PartyThis bit of tax relief legislation will keep those who have gone through a short sale or workout for their principal residence from having to pay taxes on the forgiven portion of their debt. Having to pay this tax is not only unfair but harms families, neighborhoods and communities. Please act now to urge your legislators to extend this debt forgiveness provision.

To use the REALTOR® Action Center to contact your Congressman and Senator

Click Here to Act Now!

It will take just a few minutes of your time.

REALTORS® must remain ‘the voice for real estate”!

Please act now!

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11.4.14 Housing at Cumming Center Beverly Office Park

Cummings Center proposes new housing at office park

According to the Salem News, Cummings Center is hoping to build a 6-story apartment or condominium building on the corner of Elliot and McKay streets.  Management had been trying to build a hotel for 10-11 years, but has now focused on building a mixed-use residential building.

The development could hold about 68 residences. The number will depend on their size and how many bedrooms they have.  Before the company can build the project, it needs a zoning change, which would have to be approved by the Planning Board and the City Council. If the property is rezoned, the company could then apply for a special permit from the Planning Board to build the apartment or condo building.

Read the entire Salem News article.

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10.8.14 Massachusetts’ Updated Ocean Plan

The Salem News reports that the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has updated its ocean management plan and intends to hold five public hearings, including one in Ipswich, on the changes next month.

Included in the updated plan are:  identification of preliminary transmission corridor routes for offshore wind development; a mitigation fee structure for offshore projects; and the identification of offshore sand resource areas that might be used to build up coastal areas that have been hit hard over the years by erosion.  

The Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs on Wednesday released the first update to the 2009 plan, opening up a 60-day comment period.  The plan, as well as the update, was required by the Oceans Act, which Gov. Deval Patrick signed in May 2008.  

Read the entire Salem News article.

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9.17.14 Newburyport Waterfront Hotel?


According to the Daily News, Newburyport officials are meeting with executives of New England Development (NED), the largest landholder in the downtown area, to discuss developing a hotel between Michael’s and the Black Cow, two restaurants that NED currently owns.

The city had been in discussion about an 85-room hotel near the corner of Titcomb and Merrimac streets.

The “waterfront west” sector is also tentatively slated for a condo project of about 24 units on the site of the old Richard garage between Merrimac Street and Michael’s.  MINCO Corp., which has a tentative purchase agreement on the property, would tear down the old brick garage and put up one- and two-bedroom residences with access to the river.

Read the entire Daily News article.

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8.19.14 Historic Beverly Home Slated for Demolition

1881 General Charles G. Loring House 

The Salem News reports that the General Charles G. Loring House is slated for demolition after Beverly Historic District Commission's delay expired in April 2014.

Located at 441 Hale Street, the grand ocean-front Loring House was built in 1881 and is presently in disrepair.  The building’s demolition would mark the end of a battle between the owner, Helen Greiner, and the Beverly Historic District Commission, which imposed a one-year delay on its razing last year.  Greiner purchased the residence in 2012 for $3.75 million.

The Loring House was built in 1881 for Charles Loring, a Civil War general who became the first director of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.  It was designed by Boston architect William Ralph Emerson, a cousin of Ralph Waldo Emerson.  Preservations say that said the house is the greatest surviving example of shingle-style architecture from the brief period when it flourished in the late 19th century.

Read the entire Salem News article.

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