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10.26.07 October 24, 2007 Legislative Breakfast

On October 24, 2007, NSAR hosted its third Legislative Breakfast in 2007. The event was attended by State Representative Anthony Verga (D-5th Essex), Representative Brad Hill (R-4th Essex), and Dan Pawson, Legislative Director for Senator Bruce Tarr (R-1st Essex & Middlesex).

MAR Associate Counsel Margy Grant presented the Realtor® position on the following topics:

1. New proposed Transfer Taxes (S. 1776; S. 1773; H. 3959)
2. New proposed Lead Paint law (SB. 1230)
3. New proposed mandatory Seller’s disclosure in connection with environmental issues (H. 323, S. 201)
4. New proposed mandatory disclosures for real estate licensees in connection with Wetlands (H. 767)
5. Smart Growth funding for Chapter 40R (S. 132, H. 160)

NSAR and the Government Affairs Committee extends a sincere appreciate to the legislators who participated and to all those that attended.

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10.25.07 $30 million Renaissance Golf Club to Stay in Haverhill

The Eagle Tribune reports that Haverhill’s Renaissance Golf Club, once in potential danger of not being finished, is definitely going to stay. Renaissance is Haverhill’s fifth 18-hole golf course − the others being Bradford Country Club, Haverhill Country Club, Crystal Springs Golf Course and Far Corners. The city also has the smaller 9-hole Murphy's Garrison Par 3.

Investors will be building a massive $9,800 square foot clubhouse, which will feature a grill, top-floor lounge, Great Room, fitness center, locker rooms for men and women, executive offices and a massage room. The Renaissance course sprawls across 197 acres in the rural Kenoza Street neighborhood in eastern Haverhill.

Read the Eagle Tribune article

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10.25.07 Rockport Historic District Commission Hearing Tonight

The Gloucester Daily Times reported that the Rockport Historic District Commission will hold a public hearing at 6:30 tonight, October 25, 2007, inside the Peggy Brenner Room of the library, 17 School Street in Rockport.

Read the Gloucester Daily Times article

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10.25.07 Indian Hill Plan wins West Newbury Approval

The Daily News reported on October 24, 2007 that voters at a Special Town Meeting in West Newbury decided to provide $510,000 to support a public/private partnership with Essex County Greenbelt and the Mosley family in order to preserve the views, vistas and wildlife of Indian Hill, one of West Newbury's 7 major hills.

Town officials are expecting to learn by November 1, 2007 whether the town will receive a pending self-help grant which could potentially reduce the community’s responsibility to $112,000 for the property, with additional funding needed to create off-street parking for this land.

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10.25.07 Affordable Housing available at Riverside Place in Haverhill

The Eagle Tribune reported on October 23, 2007 that 3 affordable housing condominium units will soon be made available for sale at Riverside Place on Washington Place in Haverhill.

The condominium units will be selling for $181,395 under the city’s affordable housing ordinance, which requires all new housing developments that need special permit approval to set aside at least 10% of the housing for low- to moderate-income buyers.

The properties are being made available by Community Action in Haverhill.

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10.25.07 North River Apartments in Salem advances

According to the Salem News, the Salem Board of Appeals approved the North River Apartments, a large apartment complex proposed along the North River.

The Board cleared a major hurdle for the project last week when it voted unanimously to grant variances for Riverview Place, a residential and commercial project planned on the site of the Salem Suede and Bonfanti leather factories. The variances will allow the developer to build more apartments than zoning allows and to put the buildings closer to nearby residences than current regulations permit.

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