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4.26.17 Demolition Delay Defeated in West Newbury

The Demolition Delay Bylaw proposed by the West Newbury Historical Commission was voted down by a considerable margin at Monday night's Town Meeting. NSAR President, Patrick Maguire attended the meeting and presented the REALTOR® position in opposition to the bylaw change. The proposed bylaw would have required buildings in town that are 100 years old or older to be subject to review by the Town's Historical Commission and possibly face a 9-month delay period before they could be demolished to make way for new construction. The defeat of this proposed bylaw should be considered a victory for property ownership rights and future housing production on the North Shore.


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4.7.17 Flood Map Changes Coming for Salem

New changes to Salem flood maps will go into effect in July of this year according to a recent release from FEMA. The changes are expected to result in insurance premiums savings for many home owners. It is estimated that 650 parcels will benefit from the changes.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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