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5.14.19 Event: Danvers Public Schools REALTORS® Breakfast

Selling a home in Danvers? NSAR members are invited to attend a REALTORS® Breakfast with Danvers Public Schools on Wednesday, May 29, 2019. The breakfast meeting will cover issues of importance to REALTORS® working in Danvers including the Danvers Public Schools Strategic Plan, the Smith School building project, new Flex Zones, and Elementary School Assignment Areas.

The breakfast will run from 8am to 9am in the Danvers High School Library at 60 Cabot Road in Danvers. This is a great opportunity to learn about how Danvers Public Schools is working to become a safer, more inclusive and more modern environment for local children to learn and grow. The breakfast is hosted by Danvers Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Lisa Dana and Assistant Superintendents Keith Taverna and Mary Wermers.

View the event flyer here.


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5.7.19 Upcoming North Shore Town Meetings in May 2019

Town Meetings are happening this month in two towns on the North Shore. Residents of Topsfield and Danvers should be aware of these important events allowing citizens to contribute their voices to town governance.

Topsfield's 2019 Annual Town Meeting will be tonight, Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at 7:00pm at the Proctor School. The warrant can be found here.

Danvers’ 2019 Annual Town Meeting will be held on Monday, May 20, 2019 at 7:30pm at the Danvers High School Auditorium. The warrant can be found here.

The town meetings primarily concern fiscal year 2020 budget and allocations for local development projects.

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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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10.8.18 Housing Watch: Rezoning Downtown Danvers on the Agenda for Fall

Danvers Town Manager Steve Bartha told the Board of Selectmen Oct. 2 that among the issues the Planning Board and Planning Department will be dealing with this fall is the rezoning of the downtown area to allow mixed-use developments that include commercial and residential spaces.

The move is based, in part, on a study commissioned by the Planning Board in 2006.

“The focus on planning for more than a decade has been to do something with outdated industrial districts,” Bartha explained. “The only growth we’ll see is making use of the industrial area, but we have districts left behind zoned for industry from the 19th century that is gone.

“There’s not enough housing and there’s a demand for small housing units within walking distance of downtown,” he continued. “Projects coming to us tell us that story. We know industry is not coming back.”

More here from The Danvers Herald.


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1.6.17 Danvers to Consider 40R Development Proposal

The Town of Danvers could receive up to $1.2M over time in incentive payments from the state if it moves forward with a plan to create its first 40R overlay district. The plan would involve rezoning approximately 14 acres just north of downtown.

The state's Department of Housing and Community Development has offered to make a $350,000 zoning incentive payment in return for increased density and development of business, market rate dwellings, and affordable housing units within a new "Smart Growth Zoning District". Currently 283 new dwelling units are being proposed but a mix of businesses would also be included.

Click here to read an article from the Salem News on the proposal.


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8.18.15 Historic Danvers Albion F. Welch House Demolished

1894 Albion F. Welch House, a Queen Anne Revival @ 22 Conant Street, Danvers

The Salem News reported that despite preservation efforts, the Albion F. Welch House, a 1894 Queen Anne Revival located at 22 Conant Street, Danvers, was recently demolished.

The house was being used as a funeral home.  It was knocked down to make room for 36-space parking lot for St. Mary’s church.

Read the entire Salem News article.

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