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11.12.15 Machon School - Swampscott Development

Machon Elementary School - Burpee Road, Swampscott

The Machon Elementary School on Burpee Road in Swampscott has been vacant since it closed due to budgetary reasons in 2007.  But according to the Salem News, Swampcott officials are moving forward with plans to redevelop the property into one of these potential uses:

  • Senior housing with an affordable aspect
  • Community or recreation center
  • Open space

In August 2015, the town issued a formal Request for Interest, Ideas and Innovation (RFI). The goal stated in the RFI was to determine practical reuse projects for the site, meet community needs and desires, identify the type and extent of market interest in redeveloping the land and inform the final bid proposal process.

There were five bids:  (1) B’nai B’rith Housing, which specializes in affordable senior homes; (2) The Caleb Foundation, which is proposing 17 units of affordable senior housing; (3) the Hudson Group North America and Eagle Development Group; (4) New Seasons Development LLC and North Shore Community Development Coalition; and (5) Ariane Purdy and Jaren Landen.

Swampscott residents are currently being asked to provide feedback on the proposals.  Town Administrator Thomas Younger said the town is committed to putting the 94 year-old building back into use.

Read the entire Salem News article.

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11.8.15 Hamilton - Sagamore Hill Conservation

Sagamore Hill Hamilton, MA

According to the Salem News, residents at a recent Hamilton Special Town meeting approved a $1.75 million grant from the Community Preservation Act that should help the Essex County Greenbelt Association’s $5.1 million purchase of Hamilton’s Sagamore Hill property.

Greenbelt, in conjunction with the Boston-based Trust for Public Land, has been trying to acquire the 320-acre property as part of an effort to create a massive, open public space in Hamilton.  Greenbelt asked for $1.75 million from the Community Preservation Act, and it required a two-thirds majority approval from Hamilton townspeople in a meeting vote.

Sagamore Hill is the only location in Hamilton with ocean views.

Read the entire Salem News article.

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11.1.15 Revitalization for Cabot Street, Beverly

Cabot Street, Beverly, MA

The Salem News reports that after several years of concerted efforts by local government and businesses, the storefront vacancy rate on Cabot Street is Bevelry is virtually zero.

Cabot Street features a long street of varying shops, theatres and restaurants, as well as access to the ocean/waterfront.

A revewed focus on transit-oriented residential development has helped boost mixed/commercial developments, like 130 Cabot Street, set to open in a few weeks, as well as a newly designed arts district.

Renovations are continuing on the new A&B Burgers, situated at the former Bell Market site, and Thomas Holland, one of its owners and a Boston native, said he’s hoping for an early December opening.

Read the entire Salem News article.

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10.29.15 Pipeline company to hold meeting in Lynnfield on Oct. 29

The Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, L.L.C. is scheduled to hold a public community forum tonight in Lynnfield for the proposed Northeast Energy Direct Project. 


Thursday, October 29, 2015: Lynnfield, MA
Spinelli's Function Facility, Route One South, Lynnfield, MA 01940

The forum will take place from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.  Light buffet will be served. 

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10.15.15 Scrap Metal Bill Passes in House and Heads to Senate

A bill regulating the sale of scrap metal has passed in the House by a vote of 151-0.

Long supported by REALTORS®, the legislations is aimed at preventing theft of metal from job sites and items such as copper piping from vacant homes.

The bill, numbered H 3806, creates a local registration process for scrap metal dealers which will prevent thieves from selling their stolen goods anonymously.

REALTORS® have been encouraging their legislators to pass such a bill for several years and applaud this long-awaited announcement.



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9.10.15 Durham Road, Beverly Housing Plan

According to the Salem News, Cummings Properties introduced a plan to build at least one 60-unit residential building at its 48-52 Dunham Road, Beverly location, with the potential for more.
The proposal would require a zoning overlay change to allow housing building in what is currently a Restricted Industrial, Research and Office zone.
According to the article, Mayor Michael Cahill and city councilor Donald Martin, who represents Ward 5 where the housing would be located, are hesitant to approve the development, unless it includes 55+ housing.
Read the entire Salem, News article.

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