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3.4.19 Housing Watch: Eight Units of Housing Proposed for Lord Square in Ipswich

Plans for eight units of housing have been proposed for Lord Square in Ipswich, including two two-family and one three-family structures, while the historic Isaac Lord House will be maintained. 

More information on this proposal is available here.

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2.12.19 Housing Watch: South Village Green Townhouse Project in Ipswich Moves Forward

The Ipswich Planning Board has approved plans to renovate and add to an exisiting building at 66-64 County Road for the development of four residential townhouses facing South Village Green, despite concerns from abutters about the scale of the building compared to the size of the lot.

The current structure formerly housed three residential units and one commercial space. Developers have proposed converting the commerical space into a residential unit and extending the structure to allow for four 2,000-2,900 sq ft residential townhouses. 

More information on the oringial proposal is avaialble here and more on what's to come for the proposal is available here.

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10.17.18 Housing Watch: Ipswich Splits on Apartment Regulations

At a recent Town Meeting, the Town of Ipswich voted against expanding the number of apartments downtown by loosening lot-size restrictions. In the same meeting, the Town voted to allow for detached parking for apartments downtown and loosened restrictions to accessory apartments added to single-family homes throughout town. Accessory apartments are defined as one bedroom, one bathroom units in which the homeowner either lives in the home or the apartment.

More from The Ipswich Chronicle.

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11.2.16 Chapter 40B Senior Housing in Ipswich

Town Farm Road Chapter 40B Senior Housing in Ipswich

According to the Ipswich Chronicle, there is a proposed senior housing development for a 40-home, 20-building complex in Ipswich, to located at 30 and 34 Town Farm Road, with access from Locust Street.

The housing development would be a Chapter 40B affordable housing subdivision, with 25% affordable housing.

MGL Chapter 40B allows builders to bypass local housing zoning restrictions,  including density, as long as the building project includes at least 25% affordable housing.  Communities with 10% of their housing stock qualifying as affordable are exempt from 40B developments.  Ipswich would be subject to Chapter 40B with approximately 8.5% of the town’s housing stock currently qualifyng as affordable.

Ethan Parsons, senior planner, estimates that Ipswich would need between 70 and 80 more affordable units to meet the 10% affordable housing goal.

L.A. Associates Inc., of Wilmington, a firm that guides 40B developments through MassHousing and then manages lotteries for affordable units, has filed a MassHousing application for the development and has notified the Ipswich Board of Selectmen.

The parcel is 7.2 acres with approximately 10% wetlands.  Current zoning would limit a development to between 8-10 homes, if built in a cluster development, which is allowed.  Cluster developments increase allowed density if the developer “clusters” homes more closely together than traditional zoning would allow and leaves a larger portion of the land as open space.

Read the entire Ipswich Chronicle article.

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3.9.15 Habitat for Humanity Lottery - 2 Ipswich Condos

6-8 First Street, Ipswich, MA

Wicked Local reports that Habitat for Humanity is building two affordable condos at 6-6 First Street in Ipswich, MA.   The two, 3-bedroom, 1.5 bathroom duplex condominiums (“condexes”) will be side by side in one building, originally built in 1890 as workforce housing for the Ipswich mills.  The interior, currently in terrible condition, will be gutted and rehabbed. The exterior will be restored to what it was historically. 

Habitat has already built three homes on Essex Road, across the street from the Bruni Market Place.

The town took the First Street property for nonpayment of taxes and the property is now part of the Affordable Housing Partnership, said Terry Anderson, affordable housing coordinator.  The town put out a request for proposal to rehab the building and chose Habitat for Humanity.

Each condo is to be sold for approximately $130,000, at no interest.  

The homeowner will be chosen by lottery among qualified buyers - those who live or work in Beverly, Danvers, Lynn, Lynnfield, Marblehead, Nahant, Peabody, Salem, Saugus, Swampscott, Topsfield, Gloucester, Rockport, Manchester, Essex, Ipswich, Hamilton, Wenham or Rowley.  The chosen buyer will be requires to spend 400 hours of construction duties as a condition of the purchase.

There are income requirements - the family’s total gross income must fall within the specific ranges based on family size: Three members, $33,880 to $50,820; four members, $37,640 to $56,460; five, $40,70 to $61,020; and six $43,700 to $65,520.

The application deadline is April 30.  

Read the entire Wicked Local article.

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11.19.14 Ipswich Celebrates First Period Homes

 

1670 - Thomas Dennis house - 7 County Street, Ipswich, MA

The Town Common reports that the Town of Ipswich is celebrating its historic homes the weekend of November 21-23rd.

The annual celebration is called “Ipswich Is First… Period” because 59 out of 250 remaining First Period homes in the country — homes built between 1620-1720 — are in Ipswich.  At the festival (this is the fourth year), homeowners highlight the unique architectural, period pieces and also features the town’s quaint town center.  This year’s events feature music, dance, theatre, crafts, tours, talks, food and drink at the various historic locations.

For you more information, visit IpswichVisitorCenter.org or read the entire Town Common article.

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