Scenic imagery

GA Blog: Ipswich

Showing blogs: 16 of 41

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.


contine reading button

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.

contine reading button

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.

contine reading button

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 or read the entire Town Common article.

contine reading button

10.8.14 Massachusetts’ Updated Ocean Plan

The Salem News reports that the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has updated its ocean management plan and intends to hold five public hearings, including one in Ipswich, on the changes next month.

Included in the updated plan are:  identification of preliminary transmission corridor routes for offshore wind development; a mitigation fee structure for offshore projects; and the identification of offshore sand resource areas that might be used to build up coastal areas that have been hit hard over the years by erosion.  

The Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs on Wednesday released the first update to the 2009 plan, opening up a 60-day comment period.  The plan, as well as the update, was required by the Oceans Act, which Gov. Deval Patrick signed in May 2008.  

Read the entire Salem News article.

contine reading button

2.4.14 Development on Turner Hill, Ipswich

 Old Catholic Church on Turner Hill, Ipswich

The Salem News reports that that the old Catholic Church on Turner Hill in Ipswich (pictured above) will be torn down soon, which will pave the way for the final phase of the private golf and residential community to be known as The Gardens.  Proposed plans call for 10 duplex units to take the place of the former church.

Turner Hill is one of 4 historic estates in Ipswich. The Elizabethan-style mansion was built in 1903 and has been serving as a function hall and clubhouse for the country club.  Developer Ted Raymond bought the church property in 1997 and built the golf course and started the housing development. After running out of money, he sold the unfinished development to well-known developer Eyk van Otterloo for $15 million in 2007.

The developer is also proposing to finishing the other two residential sections of the property, known as The Hill and The Village.  Windover Construction has been hired to help develop the master plan for the property.  Right now, there are 14 duplex units and 14 single-family homes on the hill. Developers are proposing to build 16 more single-family homes there.

All single-family homes and condo units are considered part of the condominium association, which includes amenities such as golf, tennis courts, paddle courts, a bowling alley, swimming pool and fitness center.  There are also two restaurants on the property.

Read the entire Salem News article.

contine reading button