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2.14.19 State News: State Senator Brendan Crighton (D-Lynn) Appointed Chairman of the Joint Committee on Housing

Press Release from the Office of State Senator Brendan P. Crighton

Senate President Karen E. Spilka (D-Ashland) Thursday announced the appointment of Senator Brendan P. Crighton (D-Lynn) as Chairman of the Joint Committee on Housing. Senator Crighton was also named Vice Chairman of the Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies. Additionally, he will serve as a member of the Joint Committee on Election Laws, the Joint Committee on Mental Health, Substance Use and Recovery, the Joint Committee on Public Health and the Senate Committee on Personnel and Administration.

"I am very excited about the opportunities that these appointments will provide for me to advance priorities that are important to residents in my district and across the Commonwealth," said Senator Crighton.

"Massachusetts is currently facing an extreme housing crisis affecting many residents, especially families with children and the elderly. With an estimated 248,000 households spending more than half of their income on housing, I am eager to work with Senate President Spilka and my colleagues to find solutions for the housing crisis, and on the many other important matters we will deliberate this legislative session," stated Senator Crighton.

Check out State Senator Crighton's Facebook Page here!

Note: Crighton is the State Senator for the Third Essex District serving the City of Lynn and Towns of Marblehead, Nahant, Saugus and Swampscott on the North Shore.


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2.13.19 Meeting Notice: Salem City Council to Consider Religious & Municipal Adaptive Reuse Zoning Ordinance Thursday Night

The Salem City Council will consider the proposed Religious & Municipal Adaptive Reuse Zoning Ordinance on Thursday, February 14th at 7:00 P.M. at Salem City Hall, 93 Washington Street.

This ordinance would establish a zoning overlay district that would allow for the reuse of religious and municipal properties that currently have no permitting pathway for reuse or redevelopment. 

NSAR supports this ordinance as it would establish sufficient oversight and flexibility to incentivize the reuse of these currently and potentially underutilized properties in a beneficial manner to the community. It also provides for historic preservation and will allow for potential residential housing development to meet the growing need for housing in Salem.

Salem's Proposed Municipal & Religious Adaptive Reuse Zoning Ordinance

NSAR’s Letter of Support


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2.12.19 Housing Watch: South Village Green Townhouse Project in Ipswich Moves Forward

The Ipswich Planning Board has approved plans to renovate and add to an exisiting building at 66-64 County Road for the development of four residential townhouses facing South Village Green, despite concerns from abutters about the scale of the building compared to the size of the lot.

The current structure formerly housed three residential units and one commercial space. Developers have proposed converting the commerical space into a residential unit and extending the structure to allow for four 2,000-2,900 sq ft residential townhouses. 

More information on the oringial proposal is avaialble here and more on what's to come for the proposal is available here.


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2.12.19 Housing Watch: Salem Announces Community Housing Forums

The City of Salem, in partnership with the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), will host two housing forums over the next few weeks as the City prepares to introduce an Inclusionary Zoning Ordinance as part of the community's effort to allow for more affordable housing in Salem. 

The first "Housing Pop-Up" forum will take place during a Salem Community Meals "Meet & Eat" event at the Saltonstall School (211 Lafayette St) on Wednesday, February 13th from 5:30-7:00pm. 

The second "Salem Housing Forum" will take place on Tuesday, March 5th from 7:00-8:30pm at the Salem Community Life Center (401 Bridge St). More details are avaialble on the Facebook Event page

To sign-up for future updates on these housing forums, initiatves and more, visit

Salem Housing Pop-Up


Salem Housing Forum


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2.11.19 Housing Watch: Panel Backs $250K for Affordable Housing Complex in Beverly

A committee has recommended spending $250,000 in community preservation money to help pay for the first phase of an affordable housing development on Sohier Road in Beverly.

The complex, to be called Anchor Point, calls for the initial construction of 38 two- and three-bedroom family apartments in a building at the corner of Sohier and Tozer roads.

The spending must be approved by the City Council, which has set a public hearing on the matter for Feb. 19.

Harborlight Community Partners Executive Director Andrew DeFranza said Anchor Point would provide much-needed housing for working families and formerly homeless families. A second phase would build 37 apartments, for a total of 75.

"It creates economically accessible housing for families in Beverly into the future," DeFranza said. "It's 75 units, which is really very exciting in my mind."

Harborlight Community Partners, an affordable housing agency based in Beverly, bought the 5 acres of vacant land on Sohier Road, up the hill from Beverly High School, for $3 million in January 2018.

The City Council voted to create a special zoning district for the area, which makes the city eligible for state payments based on the number of units and new students that would move into the district.

The housing would be for families earning at or below 60 percent of the area median income, which in 2018 was $64,680 for a family of four. Twenty percent of the units would be set aside for families coming out of homelessness.

The full project would feature two buildings for the 75 apartments, and a third building to serve as a community space, management offices, and a new corporate office for Harborlight.

More on this proposal from The Salem News.


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2.8.19 State News: Red Line-Blue Line Rail Link Bumped to "Next Priority" Status By MBTA

The possibility of a smoother connection for T commuters from Revere to Somerville or from Cambridge to the North Shore just went from the unlikely to the . . . less unlikely.

Yes, that once mythical Red Line-Blue Line rail link is suddenly back on the table, bumped up in the MBTA line-up to “next priority” status by Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack at a meeting of the T’s oversight board this week.

Now, “next priority” in public transit terms means a child born today might have a chance of using the new connection by the time he or she has to commute to college or maybe a job at Mass. General. But there is some pressure to move the project up in the T’s construction schedule faster than that.

More on this from The Boston Globe.


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