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7.28.20 Paving the way for New Beverly Waterfront Restaurant

At 1 Water St, a city owned lot in Beverly, a lease has been signed for a 350-seat waterfront restaurant called Mission Boathouse.

Except, it is not completely clear if such a lease is allowable. In order to avoid any ambiguity, Representative Jerry Parisella and Senator Joan Lovely have filled a bill following a home-rule petition passed by the city of Beverly. This legislation, if passed, would clearly allow the use of the land for the construction of the restaurant.

The reason a restaurant may not be permitted is because Beverly acquired the property using a state parks and recreation grant, which placed certain protections on the land. Even so, city officials, Rep. Parisella, and the city solicitor all agree that that the restaurant is within the current permitted use and the legislation is helpful to avoid a legal battle but not required to proceed with the development.

The project is currently waiting for a state waterways license from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. You can read more about the legislation here.

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7.1.20 Briscoe School Project Gets City Council Approval

The Briscoe School project has been approved by the Beverly City Council. The project is a collaboration of Harborlight Community Partners and Beacon Communities named Briscoe Village for Living & the Arts.

 

When the redevelopment is complete it will contain 91 units.  85 of the units will be age-restricted at 55 and over and income restricted at 30% and 60% Area Median Income. The other 6 units will be artist studios. The auditorium will be converted into a public theater with approximately 500 seats.

Start time on the project will depend on financing.  Funds will come from a few different sources including historic rehabilitation tax credits, state & federal low-income housing funds, and local funds.

You can read more about the project here.

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6.4.20 CPA Funds to Assist Residents with Rental Payments

Beverly is the most recent local community to propose utilizing Community Preservation Act (CPA) funds to offer rental assistance to residents.  CPA funds come from a 1% surcharge on property taxes that can be adopted by a municipality to protect open space, create affordable housing, and more.

Beverly’s program, which would cover up to 60% of rent for 3 months (not to exceed $3,600), is currently before the City Council for approval.  Public hearing for the proposal will be heard on June 15th.

Individuals would be eligible for the program if they lost income due to COVID-19 and their household income is less than the Area Median Income (which differs based on household size).  Those with a mortgage on a deed-restricted low-income property would also be able to utilize the assistance.

You can read more about Beverly’s previous use of CPA funds and the rental assistance program here.

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5.13.20 Beverly Historic Preservation Online Survey

Work on the Beverly Historic Preservation Plan is again underway with a new community-wide online survey.  Beverly residents can provide input on the plan by completing the survey which addresses historic neighborhoods, buildings, preservation tools and more.

Community workshops had been planned for mid-March and April but were put on hold due to the COVID-19 concerns.  Further opportunities for participation will be available in the coming months.

The North Shore Association of REALTORS® supports local zoning regulations which are dedicated to preserving historical structures. Careful planning is key as preservation must be maintained in balance with respect for the rights of private property ownership.

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3.10.20 Beverly to Gather Input for Preservation Plan

The City of Beverly is undertaking a Preservation Plan, with funding from the Community Preservation Act and a Massachusetts Historical Commission Survey and Planning Grant. This is a separate process from the Master Plan. 

A series of Community Workshops to discuss Beverly's historic resources and approach to historic preservation will be taking place next week:

Tuesday, March 17
7:00 - 8:30 PM
Beverly City Hall - Council Chamber
191 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA

Wednesday, March 18   
7:00 - 8:30 PM
Beverly Farms Library - Conrad Room
24 Vine Street, Beverly, MA

Thursday, March 19 
7:00 - 8:30 PM
North Beverly Elementary School
48 Putnam Street, Beverly, MA

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12.18.19 PlanBeverly Makes Master Plan Recommendations

The Master Plan Recommendations, which were developed in conjunction with the public through PlanBeverly, have been made available to the public for review and comment. 

You can find the recommendations here.  If you would like a paper copy those are available at the Senior Center, the Library, and the Planning Department.

In 2020, Beverly will create its new Master Plan based on these recommendations.  This commenting period will be open until January 10th.  There will be further opportunities for comment when the full Master Plan is developed next year.

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