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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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12.3.18 Housing Watch: Projects on the Horizon in Gloucester

The City of Gloucester has a number of housing projects on the horizon as the community works to meet the goals of their 2017 Housing Production Plan which calls for 434 multi-bedroom housing units and 192 new single-family units by 2020 to meet projected demands. Forthcoming projects include the conversion of the former Cameron’s property into 30 affordable housing units, a 200-unit rental housing complex to be built as part of the Fuller School redevelopment project, and the conversion of the current Cape Ann YMCA into 50 units of affordable housing on Middle Street.

More on these projects from the Gloucester Daily Times.


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9.17.18 Housing Watch: Region Needs to Address Housing Crisis, North Shore Mayors Say

Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll, Gloucester Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken, and Lynn Mayor Tom McGeen discussed housing priorities and upcoming projects at the North Shore Chamber of Commerce’s State of Region breakfast at Danvers’ Doubletree Hotel on Wednesday, September 12. More from The Salem Gazette.

Mayor Driscoll: “It’s a real stress in many of our cities, and it effects seniors, working families, young adults and folks living on the street most assuredly,” said Driscoll. “We have over 1,300 seniors on the wait list for subsidized affordable housing in Salem and the wait is over 18 months. For families, it’s twice that.” Driscoll said the region needs to support new housing at every level - affordable, market rate, rental and ownership.

Mayor Romeo Theken: “Affordable housing is for the workforce, low-income; it’s a sliding scale,” she added. “People don’t understand that.” Romeo Theken encourage communities to market one another’s tourism resources and to find avenues to work together. She also said, in her community and others, more people need to roll up their sleeves and get involved.

Mayor McGee: “As Boston becomes more and more unaffordable, people are looking to move to cities like Lynn,” he said. “Transportation has been an issues I have been fighting for my whole career because I believe that it just makes sense economically not just for Lynn, but for our entire region.”


Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll addresses the North Shore Chamber of Commerce's State of the Region Breakfast saying the region needs to support new housing at every level - affordable, market rate, rental and ownership. 

Photo Courtesy: Wicked Local/William J. Dowd

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8.7.18 Housing Watch: Proposal for 12-Home Development in West Gloucester Faces Opposition


"Neighbors of a planned 12-home development proposed for the West Gloucester woods off Concord and Bray streets have hired an attorney to fight the project…which would be built as a "cluster" development of 12 townhouse style condos along a new loop road covering a total of just under 6 acres of a 21.5-acre property.” More from the Gloucester Times.

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1.16.18 Housing Watch: Gloucester Mayor Vows to Move Ahead with Affordable Housing

As she begins her her third term, Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken has set some ambitious goals one of which is to address Gloucester's affordable housing needs and has set her sights on minimizing the barriers to housing production in the city.
The City is currently working on projects with Action Inc. and the North Shore Community Development Coalition and plans to make zoning changes to encourage more multi-family development.
See related article in Gloucester Times.

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12.11.15 Pigeon Cove Repairs in Gloucester

Pigeon Cove and harbor entrance - Gloucester, MA

The Gloucester Times reported that repairs to improve the upper Pigeon Cove stone breakwater and the harbor entrance breakwater has begun.  It’s a $4.5 million project by Framingham contractor Classic Site Solutions Inc. designed to further protect the moorings and the cove from ocean wave breakdown.

Storms in 2010 and 2013 breached the breakwaters, battering the stone walls. 

Read the entire Gloucester Times article.

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