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3.22.17 North Shore CDC to Pursue Development of Community Program Space

Salem's North Shore Community Development Corporation has announced a new campaign to build a 2,000-square-foot Espacio Community Program Space in the Point, a predominantly immigrant neighborhood in Salem. With a possible matching grant from MassDevelopment, the project could be completed in the near future and would provide various services to the residents of the area.

Last year, with financial assistance from MassDevelopment, the CDC completed the purchase and renovation of 66 affordable rental units in the Point and the addition of the proposed community space will add to the development of the area and provide new opportunities to the residents.

Click here to read a related article from the Salem News.

 

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3.17.17 Rockport Long Beach Residents File Lawsuit

A number of Rockport Long Beach resident owners of summer cottages located on land leased to them by the town have filed suit against the town to eliminate a provision in their leases that allows the public to walk across their lots to access the beach. A preliminary injunction is currently prohibiting public access across the private lots but, several public paths still provide the public access to the beach. The suit seeks to have the public access provisions removed from the lease agreements. The issue at Long Beach is not the only one of its kind in the area. Click here to read the related article from the Boston Globe.

 

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2.13.17 Ipswich - More Housing on the Drawing Board?

A plan for constructing 194 units comprised of townhouses and apartments could be in the works for the Town of Ipswich if a proposed 40B development takes shape.

The plan has been discussed with the Selectmen but no planning application has been made at this time. If constructed, the development would add 39 units to the Town's affordable housing stock.

Click here to read the related article by thelocalne.ws

 

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1.30.17 City of Beverly Looking for Real Estate Brokers for Waterfront Development

Beverly Mayor Michael Cahill and city officials plan on soliciting assistance from local real estate brokers in marketing a long-vacant site on the waterfront.

The former McDonald's restaurant site, which was acquired through a state grant, is hoped to be developed into a viable business or visitor attraction.

Click here to read the related Salem News article.

 

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1.13.17 Gloucester Receives Grant for Elderly Housing Rehab

The Gloucester Housing Authority has been awarded a $6.3 million grant by the Department of Housing and Community Development to conduct needed repairs and updates to the McPherson Park building as part of a state-wide elderly housing improvement program.

Gloucester Housing Executive Director, David Houlden applauded the receipt of the grant saying it was "a great day" for the residents of McPherson Park and the community.

Click here to read the related Gloucester Times article.

 

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1.6.17 Danvers to Consider 40R Development Proposal

The Town of Danvers could receive up to $1.2M over time in incentive payments from the state if it moves forward with a plan to create its first 40R overlay district. The plan would involve rezoning approximately 14 acres just north of downtown.

The state's Department of Housing and Community Development has offered to make a $350,000 zoning incentive payment in return for increased density and development of business, market rate dwellings, and affordable housing units within a new "Smart Growth Zoning District". Currently 283 new dwelling units are being proposed but a mix of businesses would also be included.

Click here to read an article from the Salem News on the proposal.

 

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