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7.19.19 Governor Baker Announces 2019 Affordable Rental Housing Awards

On July 18th in Swampscott, the 2019 Affordable Rental Housing Awards where announced by Governor Baker.  The North Shore was very well represented with four local recipients. The awards in total consist of nearly $80 million in direct subsidies and $38 million in Low Income Housing Tax Credits to fund the development, renovation, and preservation of housing opportunities throughout Massachusetts. 


The four local winners are:  Cabot Street in Beverly, which will construct 24 new units as well as rehabilitating 45 existing units.  All of these units will be restricted to individuals earning less than 60% of the area median income.  Harbor Village in Gloucester will be a mixed-use project consisting of a commercial ground level and 30 new units which will be restricted to 60% of area median income.  The Tannery in Peabody is a preservation project.  When the rehab is completed there will be 200 units reserved for those earning less than 60% of area median income and 35 units for those earning less than 30% of area median income.  Finally, The Senior Residences at The Machon in Swampscott is a redevelopment project of an elementary school for senior citizens.  There will be 38 units available for seniors earning less than 60% of the area median income and 8 more units for seniors earning less than 30% of the area median income.


You can find the state house’s official press release here.

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7.2.19 North Shore Transit-Oriented Development Discussions

 Multifamily projects built around North Shore commuter rail stations could help alleviate Greater Boston's affordable housing crunch, housing advocates told Congressman Seth Moulton on Monday.

Moulton, a Salem Democrat and advocate for public transportation and rail travel, met Monday with Harborlight Community Partners Executive Director Andrew DeFranza, Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance Executive Director Andre Leroux, and Tracy Corley, transit-oriented development fellow at MassINC, a nonpartisan public policy think tank, to talk about transit-oriented development.

"One of the key tie-ins to the work that we have been doing in this office is the connection between housing and transportation," Moulton said, "part of the solution to the housing crisis in downtown Boston isn't just building more housing in downtown Boston but improving the rail infrastructure so you can live easily in a place like Salem or Lynn and commute to work in downtown Boston."


Full Salem News Coverage here

Greater Boston 2019 Housing Report


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6.14.19 Attention Beverly Brokers - Your Opportunity for Input on City’s New Master Plan

PlanBeverly, a one-year initiative that will engage the community in creating a framework to guide the responsible growth and preservation of the city, has released a survey giving residents an opportunity to provide input into the master plan process.

The master plan will situate Beverly in the context of the region and help Beverly residents articulate a shared vision for the coming decades. The survey replicates some of the discussion questions from the PlanBeverly Public Workshop on May 14, 2019 and dives deeper into some of the issues discussed at that meeting. The survey will remain open until July 20, 2019, and is a great opportunity for brokers working in Beverly make their voices heard in the master plan process.

Take the PlanBeverly survey here.

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5.7.19 PlanBeverly Listening & Visioning Public Workshop Set for May 14

The City of Beverly is hosting a workshop on Tuesday, May 14 from 7:00pm-8:30pm at the Beverly Senior Center for the launch of PlanBeverly, a one year initiative that will craft a framework to guide the preservation and development of the city through community engagement. The workshop, held at 90 Colon Street in Beverly, will include several opportunities for community feedback on the early stages of the plan. Read more on NSAR’s Government Affairs Blog and check out the event website.

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5.2.19 City of Beverly begins yearlong Master Plan process

Beverly Mayor Michael Cahill has announced the launch of the city's comprehensive master plan process and the launch of the project website,

PlanBeverly is a one-year initiative that will engage the community in creating a framework to guide the responsible growth and preservation of the city. The comprehensive master plan will situate Beverly in the context of the region and help Beverly residents articulate a shared vision for the coming decades.

The plan will include Land Use, Economic Development, Housing, Mobility, Cultural & Historical, Resources, Natural Resources, Open Space & Recreation, Services & Facilities. In addition to these topics, PlanBeverly will incorporate sustainability as an overriding theme, woven throughout the plan and used as a lens through which the plan is implemented and evaluated.

The citywide plan will combine existing city plans under a comprehensive framework while offering additional ideas for the future of the city. The final result will be a unified road map that brings all of the components together.

As local, regional, and state trends show both a need and a demand for continued community investments and growth, this plan will build on the successes of the 2002 Master Plan and chart a course for Beverly’s future.

The education and listening phase of the plan will occur in spring 2019, followed by the community visioning phase in summer 2019. The plan will be developed in fall 2019, with a draft of the citywide plan being delivered in January 2020. The citywide plan will be finalized in March 2020.

Source: PlanBeverly official website.

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3.1.19 Housing Watch: Danvers & Beverly Included Among Healthiest Housing Markets in Massachusetts According to New Survey

A new survey ranks Danvers and Beverly among the healthiest housing markets in Massachusetts according to a new survey by SmartAsset, a financial technology company. The survey is based on four indicators: stability, risk, ease of sale, and affordability. 

More information on SmartAsset is available here



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