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5.26.20 Housing Lynn Online Open House

Housing Lynn just launched a new Online Open House to receive public comment relevant to the development of the new Lynn Housing Production Plan (HPP).

The Online Open House is a survey you can complete here.  You will have the opportunity to comment on a summary of housing challenges in Lynn, rate the importance of draft goals, prioritize potential strategies, and add additional thoughts.

Using information collected from the survey draft recommendations on policies and programs will be created to achieve plan goals.  From there, a public online webinar on housing development will be held in June and complete recommendations will be available for public feedback in the fall.

If you are a resistant of Lynn or work in that market, NSAR encourages you to take a moment to participate in the Online Open House.

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1.29.20 Housing Lynn

This week, the first Housing Lynn public forum was held.  Housing Lynn is an initiative, in partnership with the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), to develop a Housing Production Plan to guide the future development of the city.  The initiative will stretch through most of 2020 and centers around a community-driven process to understand Lynn’s housing needs.

This event comes on the heels of the Lynn City Summit held in November, where Housing was also a major topic.

During the conversation community leaders and community members spoke to what they saw as the housing crisis in Lynn. Rising rents, the shortage of inventory, and luxury development were among the discussion topics.

Two more public forums will be held in the Spring and the Fall.  For more information and quotes from the event click here.

 

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12.4.19 Lynn City Council Authorizes Hiring of City Planners

 

Having gone without a planning department for more than two decades, the Lynn City Council has authorized the hiring of a principle planner and associate planner for Lynn.

The positions are funded for 3 years through gifts from the Economic Development & Industrial Corporation of Lynn, MassDevelopment, Eastern Back Foundation, Gerondelis Foundation, and the Barr Foundation.  At the end of the 3-year period a decision will be made on whether to create a planning department.

City planning plays a critical role in combating the housing crisis.  Not only to ensure that future housing needs are being addressed, but also that housing is inclusive and integrated into a larger plan incompassing transportation, public space, economic development, and more.  REALTORS® promote the use of Smart Growth and Fair Housing principles in planning.

 

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11.5.19 Step Closer to Near-Rapid Transit in Lynn

In a unanimous vote on Monday, The MBTA Fiscal and Management Control Board voted to electrify the state's commuter rail system.  The MBTA Board also voted that the commuter line from Lynn to Boston was one of the three most in need across the state.

This would mean that near-rapid transit could be implemented between Lynn and Boston in the not so distant future.  The system would employ trains that ran every 15 minutes from Lynn's commuter rail station to Boston with a few stops along the way and subway prices.

The project is not expected to begin within the next 5 years and will require specific electric multiple unit trains.  Final costs have yet to be determined but the three pilot programs have been estimated at $1.5 billion.

You can find more information from the Lynn Item here.

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11.5.19 Lynn City Summit

On Saturday November 16th Lynn will be holding a City Summit at the North Shore Community College in Lynn.  The purpose of the summit is to learn about and also discuss potential solutions for the issues facing Lynn as community.

The day will begin with several concurrent community conversation workshops from 10am to 1pm.  Each workshop will have a presentation on the subject matter and then a working breakout session. The topics include: arts and culture, economic development, education, public health, public safety, transportation, and housing.  The second part of the event will be an afternoon open house from 1 to 3pm with an Exhibit and Resource Fair.

NSAR encourages those who live and work in Lynn to attend and add your voice to the discussion on housing.  REALTORS® have a unique perspective working with buyers and sellers on a daily basis.  Childcare is available on request and interpretation is available in Spanish and Khmer.

You can find more details here and get tickets through Eventbrite here.

 

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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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