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12.6.18 Housing Watch: Lynn to Hold Public Meetings on West Lynn & Lynn Waterfront Redevelopment

The City of Lynn will hold two important public meetings over the next few days regarding the redevelopment of the Western Avenue corridor and the Lynn Waterfront: 

Public Meeting: Imagine West Lynn Final Community Meeting (Western Ave Corridor)
Thursday, December 6, 2018
Drewicz Elementary School, 34 Hood Street
More info available on the Facebook Event

Lynn Waterfront Master Plan Public Meeting
Next Monday, December 10, 2018
Lynn Museum, 590 Washington Street

Imagine Lynn Flyer

Lynn Waterfront

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11.15.18 Housing Watch: Lynn Armory Building is in the Works to Become Housing for Veterans

Lynn’s 125-year-old armory is set for a new future.

In August, ownership of the historic building was transferred from the state to Neighborhood Development Associates Inc. (NDA), which is part of the nonprofit Lynn Housing Authority & Neighborhood Development (LHAND). Three months later, planning is underway to transform the 38 South Common St. location into 35 apartments for veterans.

The sale was authorized with a ceremonial bill signing by Gov. Charlie Baker in August as part of his “Open for Business” initiative that launched in 2015, according to an LHAND press release. The initiative began after Baker recognized that the commonwealth is the largest landowner in Massachusetts and many of their assets were sitting idle, according to the press release.

More from The Lynn Item


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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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8.30.18 Housing Watch: Lynn’s Union Hospital Site May Be Repurposed for Future Housing

“Senior housing, including assisted living, and single-family homes were potential future use suggestions for the Union Hospital site offered by neighbors and other residents during a Monday night meeting.” Read more about this week’s public meeting on future reuse of the hospital site from The Lynn Item.

The next public meeting on the site resue is set for Monday, September 17th at 6:00 P.M. at the Knights of Columbus, 177 Lynnfield Street in Lynn.





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8.8.18 Housing Watch: Second Phase of Lynn’s Washington Street Gateway District Plan to Bring More Than 100 Total New Residential Units to Corridor

“The former Smuggler’s Cove Pub was torn down last week and plans are for the Washington Street property to be redeveloped into condominiums with commercial space…Between Gateway North, Fran’s Place and the new planned development at the Smuggler’s site, the neighborhood will see an increase of more than 100 units of residence and another 200 to 250 people.” More on this project from the Lynn Item.


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4.30.18 Housing Watch: Lynn Holds Public Meeting on Waterfront Development

The City of Lynn is holding its thrid public meeting to discuss the Lynn Waterfront Open Space Master Plan on Aptil 30th at the Lynn Museum, 590 Washington St. The meeting begins at 6:00pm. The draft Open Space Master Plan will be presented followed by an open discussion. 


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