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7.2.19 North Shore Transit-Oriented Development Discussions

 Multifamily projects built around North Shore commuter rail stations could help alleviate Greater Boston's affordable housing crunch, housing advocates told Congressman Seth Moulton on Monday.

Moulton, a Salem Democrat and advocate for public transportation and rail travel, met Monday with Harborlight Community Partners Executive Director Andrew DeFranza, Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance Executive Director Andre Leroux, and Tracy Corley, transit-oriented development fellow at MassINC, a nonpartisan public policy think tank, to talk about transit-oriented development.

"One of the key tie-ins to the work that we have been doing in this office is the connection between housing and transportation," Moulton said, "part of the solution to the housing crisis in downtown Boston isn't just building more housing in downtown Boston but improving the rail infrastructure so you can live easily in a place like Salem or Lynn and commute to work in downtown Boston."

 

Full Salem News Coverage here

Greater Boston 2019 Housing Report

 

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6.20.19 North Shore Massachusetts Transformative Transit-Oriented Development Regional Forum

A North Shore Massachusetts Transformative Transit-Oriented Development Regional Forum, at the Lynn Museum and hosted by the Massachusetts Institute for a New Commonwealth (MassINC) took place on June 19th.  The forum was held to explore how Lynn, Peabody, Salem, and other cities are using TOD to transform their cities and surrounding communities

In the MassINC report, “The Promise and Potential of Transformative Transit-Oriented Development in Gateway Cities,” the executive summary reads that gateway cities can accommodate thousands of new housing units and thousands of new jobs on the vacant and underutilized land surrounding their commuter rail stations. The walkable, mixed-use urban land offers an ideal setting for a transit-oriented development.

Lynn Daily Item coverage here.

 

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6.14.19 Lynn and MBTA Launch Lynn Transit Action Plan

Earlier this year, the MBTA identified Lynn as a Focus40 community, and area to prioritize improvements to public transportation. With this designation in mind, the City of Lynn is, in conjunction with the MBTA, launching the Lynn Transit Action Plan, which will create a roadmap for improving the City’s MBTA transportation to make local hubs within the city as well as the economic hub of Boston more accessible. The plan aims to use improvements to public transit within Lynn to make the city a more economically incorporated part of the Greater Boston Area as well as the North Shore region.

The project will operate in three distinct phases: Understanding existing conditions; testing potential strategies; and developing recommendations for improvement. Residents will be given opportunities to provide input at public meetings, and are also encouraged to email Alexandra Markiewicz, at Alexandra.Markiewicz@state.ma.us with ideas for the plan or to arrange for the Transit Action Plan team to attend a community event.

The first Advisory Committee meeting will be held Monday June 17th, 2019 from 1pm-3pm at Lynn City Hall, Room 302. Objectives for the first meeting include: developing a common understanding of the purpose of the committee and the study scope and process; previewing initial groundwork for the context analysis; and soliciting input on the goals and objectives for the study to help inform the development and evaluation of alternatives. Additionally, there will be a short public comment period at the end of the meeting.

Because this plan aims to make the City of Lynn more accessible to economic hubs in Boston and the North Shore, the outcome could have a major impact on the City’s real estate market, as Lynn becomes increasingly commuter friendly.

 


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5.21.19 Event: Lynn Waterfront Master Plan Final Draft Public Meeting

Interested in learning more about the development of the Lynn waterfront? NSAR members are invited to attend a public meeting on Wednesday, May 29th to discuss the final draft of the Lynn Municipal Harbor Plan and Waterfront Master Plan. The meeting will cover the plan to create a number of open and active public spaces along the Lynn waterfront within the 305-acre waterfront redevelopment area.

The meeting will run from 6:00pm to 7:30pm in the Lynn Housing Authority Community Room at 10 Church Street in Lynn. This is a great opportunity for members who are working in Lynn to learn about new public spaces, mixed-use developments and improvements to the harbor which will be coming to the community over the next several years. For more information about this event, contact Mary Jane Smalley by emailing msmalley@ediclynn.org or calling 781-581-9399.

View the event flyer here.

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5.17.19 Lynn Councilor Voices Opposition to Garelick Farms Zoning Proposal

Ward 2 City Councilor Rick Starbard came out against a proposed zoning change which he says would allow the developer currently in talks to purchase the former Garelick Farms site to turn the area into a “junkyard.”

Boston real estate firm A.W. Perry has said that the deal they signed to purchase the property is contingent upon City Council approval of a change to the zoning ordinance which would allow the use of the property for light industry and mixed use development including housing and small businesses. The property is currently zoned to allow only the manufacturing of dairy products. The developer has stated that the light industry plans for the property are simply a means to generate income from the development while the issues facing the mixed-use development are worked out.

Starbard believes that the proposed light industry uses of the property don’t fit into the city’s plan for the waterfront, which has already led to the denial of other proposed light industry projects in the area. The ordinance process is expected to take several months, and must take into account the proposed housing and hotel plans’ proximity to a municipal wastewater treatment plant.

Starbard has expressed his desire to continue opposing the light industry use of the property, stating that  “If they’re going to look for a zoning change to allow these uses and once the sewer treatment plant goes away, they’ll pop up a hotel, it won’t be in my lifetime.”

Read about the debate over zoning in Lynn at the Daily Item.

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5.10.19 Housing Watch: Apartments and Office Space Coming to Downtown Lynn

According to ItemLive.com, Bernhardt Zeisig, a Canadian developer, is rehabilitating the currently vacant 113-119 Broad St. building in Lynn, purchased for $600,000 last August. He plans revitalize the space with 18 market rate small loft and studio style apartments targeted at young professionals looking for easy access to the commuter rail. 

Additionally, the developer purchased the building at 614 Washington St. in Lynn for $925,000, which he plans to continue renting to the current tenants while updating the vacant upper floors to lease as office space. 

More on this project available here.

 

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