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3.5.19 Housing Watch: 120 Senior Condos Proposed for former J.B. Thomas Hospital Site in Peabody

Developers have reduced the number of senior condos from 135 to 120 in what they are calling King Residence in a redevelopment of the former site of the J.B. Thomas and Curahealth Boston North Shore hospitals.

About 135 people turned out to the Wiggin Auditorium in City Hall to listen to a new proposal from consultants for owner Hemisphere Development Group LLC.

The owners are proposing to tear down the old hospital buildings and put up three buildings in what would be an over 55 condominium development.

Two of the buildings would have 38 units and one would have 44 units. The site is bounded by King Street, Ellsworth and Southwick roads.

More on this proposal is available at The Salem News.


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2.21.19 Housing Watch: Apartments Set for One Main Street in Downtown Peabody

According to Peabody Main Streets, One Main Street in downtown Peabody will be getting a facelift along with 20 new apartment units, in addition to the retail and restaurant space presently available.

More on this project available here.


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2.20.19 Housing Watch: Housing Plan for Howley Street Factory in Peabody Withdrawn

The owners of a former chemical factory at the corner of Howley and Walnut streets have withdrawn a request to rezone the property so it could be converted into apartments.

Peabody attorney John Keilty asked the City Council last week to withdraw the request to rezone 26 Howley Street from General Business District, which does not allow residential uses, to Business Central, which does. The council voted in favor of the request to withdraw.

The owner of the property is 26 Howley Street Trust of Salem, trustee Patricia Flomp.

At a hearing earlier this month before a City Council subcommittee, Keilty said the building lacks commercial tenants, so the owners wanted to add two stories to the top, for a total of five stories, and convert it to apartments.

But councilors raised a number of concerns about the plan, making it uncertain that a zoning change would win approval.

One concern was that the building might be a "sick building." Keilty said, however, that it had passed air-quality tests on a number of occasions. The building was tested as required by state law, he said, when the Flomps acquired the building in 1997 and had the old tanks removed.

Ward 3 Councilor James Moutsoulas argued that the area would be better off zoned for business and not housing. And Ward 2 Councilor Peter McGinn said the building sits in a flood plain, and flooding would only get worse with climate change.

McGinn's motion — for a negative recommendation on the zoning change to the full council — passed unanimously. The Planning Board had endorsed the zoning change at an earlier hearing.

More on this from The Salem News.


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2.4.19 Housing Watch: Peabody Considers Zoning Changes to Allow for Housing at the Northshore Mall, Howley Street Mill & Former J.B. Thomas Hospital

Northshore Mall Housing Overlay

You may someday be able to live at the Northshore Mall, if the City Council agrees to changes that would allow it to happen. 

Councilors Thursday night discussed creating a residential overlay that would permit housing at the mall and on serveral properties along Route 1. 

It was among several zoning issues before the council's five-member Industrial and Community Development Committee. This was just a first step in the process, as zoning changes have to go to the full council for a public hearing, as well as a recommendation from the Planning Board.

Community Development Director Curt Bellavance said the idea of creating housing at the mall and at several commercial locations along Route 1 would allow for a mix of commercial and residential uses. The residential overlay district comes with design criteria to provide for more attractive projects to be built.

More on this from The Salem News

26 Howley Street Mill Building Redevelopment

Another proposal to rezone a mill building and add two floors to it at 26 Howley Street also did not get a warm reception. 

Peabody attorney John Keilty outline a proposal to rezone the property from a General Business District to Business Central, which would allow for conversion of the existing building into multifamily housing by special permit. 

The building, owned by the Flomp family, as a church and another small tenant. 


"It has been losing tenants for a number of months," Keilty said. Plans for the building show 76 parking spaces with 30 two-bedroom apartments and 25 one-bedroom apartments. The owners are planning to add two stories on top, for five stories of residences, but the basement would not be converted to housing.

More on this from The Salem News

Former J.B. Thomas Hospital

A zoning amendment would change the former hospital site on King Street from R-2 to R-4 which allows for multifamily housing. 

"It's not ready for discussion," Mayor Ted Bettencourt said. "We have to have a community meeting and I think Councilor Ed Charest is going to speak to that." An initial proposal a year ago by the new owner contained 135 units, and Bettencourt said he would like to see the rezoning of the property to allow for the development. 


"We know that within the city there is a need for this type of property," said Councilor Charest, but the number of units and parking were among issues concerning to neighbors. Charest asked the council to keep that proposal in committee until they hear from the neighbors, and the subcommittee unanimosly backed this motion.


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1.10.19 Housing Watch: Developers Down-Scaling - Meeting Sheds Light on Plans for Vacant Hospital in Peabody

Developers say they plan to significantly reduce the number of planned condos down from 135 units when they redevelop the former J.B. Thomas Hospital on King Street. 

Those living in the tight-knit Emerson Park neighborhood, which consists mainly of single and two-family homes, have been concerned about the vacant hospital being redeveloped into a large condo project, which would be restricted to age 55 and older.

More on this project from The Salem News.


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1.8.19 Housing Watch: 48 Units of Housing Proposed for Old Factory Building in Downtown Peabody

The owners of an old chemical factory building at the corner of Howley and Walnut streets want to convert the brick, three-story structure into housing. And they say, this is in line with the city's vision for downtown Peabody. 

Attorney Jack Keilty, who represents the Flomp family, said the goal is to keep the existing building at 26 Howley Street, but turn it into as many as 48 apartments or condos. This would be accomplished by rezoning two parcels from a general business district to a business central district, which would allow housing by special permit from the City Council. 

More here from The Salem News


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