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Housing Watch: Lynn Mayor Cites Housing Development as Priority During State of the City Address

2.6.19

Mayor Thomas M. McGee said in his state of the city address that although there has been substantial progress made in his first year in office, that should not lead to complacency.

The city’s 58th mayor said Tuesday night that the state of the city is strong, despite the ongoing financial crisis, highlighting new development, an investment in infrastructure, planning for better transportation and a vibrant arts and cultural scene.

McGee spoke before a roomful of elected officials, including members of the City Council, School Committee, and state legislature, city department heads and residents, in the City Council Chambers, where the annual address was delivered for the first time. Members of McGee’s family also attended, including his wife, Maria.

While highlighting the city’s commitment to economic development as one of its strengths, McGee mentioned the city’s recent approval from the state for four areas of Lynn to be designated as “opportunity zones,” a federal tax incentive for developers offered through the U.S. Department of the Treasury that encourages investment in low-income communities.

The first opportunity zone in Lynn would potentially be on Munroe Street, but McGee said he sees the entire city as an opportunity zone.

“We are open to finding development that will strengthen our city and create a future where people can live in housing they can afford, work in jobs that pay a living wage in 21st century industries, and raise their families in a community that is defined by its diversity, inclusiveness and opportunity for all,” McGee said.

Some of those developments have already transpired, McGee said, mentioning the ongoing construction of a 10-story, 259-unit luxury apartment building, with ground floor commercial space downtown on Munroe Street and the 71-unit mixed-income, mixed-use Gateway North project that was completed on Washington Street over the summer.

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