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1.7.19 Housing Watch: Beverly Waterfront Site Under Agreement; 62 Housing Units Proposed

A long-stalled plan to build apartments or condominiums on a vacant piece of waterfront property is getting a new life. The owner of the so-called Ventron site, on Congress Street next to the Beverly-Salem bridge, said Wednesday that he has signed a contract with a developer to buy the land. 

If the deal goes through, the new owner would go ahead with a plan to build 62 apartments or condominums, current owner Dennis Patano said.

More here from The Salem News.


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7.30.16 Folly Hill Condo/Apartment Potential Development in Beverly

The Salem News reports that a developer is eying building on a 76-acre parcel in Folly Hill, off Route 128 in Beverly, MA.  The potential development would border two existing residential complexes - The Folly Hill Meadows Apartments and Apple Village – and add nearly 700 new apartments and condominiums.

The land, a wooded area valued at about $3.7 million, according to city assessors records, runs along Trask Lane, meeting up with the Beverly Golf & Tennis Club on one end and also abuts neighborhoods on Walcott Road, Friend Street and Sunset Drive. It also borders the Danvers town line.

According to a map in the builder’s brochure, most of the land is not developable, but it could accommodate 634 “garden-style” units and 51 townhouses. The land is currently zoned for residential use.

Mayor Michael Cahill and city officials are looking to scale down such a significant residential development.  According to Mayor Cahill, “While there are private property development rights involved here, we believe over-development on this site would not be in the best interests of the people of Beverly, so we are exploring the city’s options,”

Read the entire Salem News article.

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2.29.16 Beverly and Commonwealth Sign Community Compact Agreement

 Lt. Governor Karyn Polito signs Beverly Community Compact Agreement

The Salem News reported that Beverly recently became the 152nd community in Massachusetts to sign the state’s state's Community Compact program, a state budget line item that assists local officials in “best practices” improvements, giving the local government an advantage when applying for grants.

Beverly is working on housing, sustainable development, land protection and safe routes to school in conjunction and as already received $10,000 in state funding to develop a housing plan, which will take a look at the city's housing needs over the next decade, according to Mayor Michael Cahill.

"The idea of the compact is you decide what you want to do and we help you achieve that," Lt. Governor Karyn Polito (featured above, signing the Compact Agreement) said. 

The Commonwealth will also help Beverly when it endeavors to update its Open Space and Recreation Plan, according to a news release from Governor Charlie Baker's office.  As for safe routes to school, the state "will provide technical assistance and training to help Beverly increase pedestrian safety in and around school areas and assess the city's eligibility for grant programs," the release said.

Read the entire Salem News article.

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1.13.16 Zoning Plans for River Street & Bass River in Beverly

River Street, Beverly

The Salem News reports that Beverly officials are proposing zoning changes in downtown Beverly and along the Bass River and River Street that are designed to promote artist live/work spaces, and also give allowances for small craft breweries or distilleries, and “maker space” for smaller studio, lab, instructional space or retail uses.

Beverly mayor, Michael Cahill, is trying to further his goal of “transit-oriented development” – adding more people living near the MBTA station with the hope of attracting artists to the city’s arts and cultural district downtown.

Under the proposed zoning changes, residents could have a combined studio and residential space, allowing the artist to creating their art and sell it from the same location. Small businesses and crafts people could also live and work there; all they would need a special permit for development. Allowances for breweries and distilleries would make it so small brewers could set up shop outside areas zoned industrial and into the downtown.

Mayor Cahill said the city intends to have a public meeting within the next few weeks to look at what types of uses could be allowed what changes/additions would need to be made to current zoning rules. If more residential development is planned for along River Street, it will be added to existing transit-oriented plans — Windover Development is already looking into new residential projects for 10-12 Congress St. and 131 Rantoul St., both within walking distance of the train station.

Mayor Cahill said he hopes to present the new zoning proposal to City Council by the end of the winter or early spring this year.

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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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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