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Shelter money fading, but ‘not at the end of the line’
04-19-2024 10:53 AM

By CHRIS LISINSKI and SAM DRYSDALE

BOSTON — State dollars for the emergency family shelter system are dwindling, and restaurateurs who for years enjoyed expanded outdoor dining and the ability to sell drinks to go remain “in limbo” amid a sustained period of legislative...

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Survey shows Northfield residents want new development — but not near their homes
04-18-2024 4:24 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

NORTHFIELD — Residents want new restaurants, commercial activity, housing and business development in town, Grant Development Director Leslie Roberts told the Selectboard this week — just “not on their own streets.” Roberts presented the results of...


Prices up, sales down in early spring housing market
04-18-2024 9:51 AM

By COLIN A. YOUNG

The signs of spring are all around: the days are getting warmer, baseball is back and Massachusetts home prices are setting records as demand continues to outpace the inventory of houses for sale.The real estate analysts at The Warren Group reported...


Housing plans for former Farren lot range from 40 to 140 residences
04-03-2024 5:07 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

MONTAGUE — In an effort to redevelop the old Farren Care Center site into a residential “Village Center” neighborhood, officials met virtually with residents on Tuesday evening to mull over potential design options and redevelopment strategies.The...


Housing bylaw coming to Whately Town Meeting
03-30-2024 11:16 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

WHATELY — In an effort to promote housing diversity and affordability in town, the Planning Board is proposing a community housing bylaw that mirrors the state’s Chapter 40B process, while preserving local permit control.The board held a public...


Homeless women face raft of challenges in Mass.
03-25-2024 9:27 AM

By RUIHAN YANG

After years of being homeless, Amy “adapted” to living on the streets under insecurity.“I thought I wasn’t going to wake up, but I woke up, and I’m fine. The more I feel adapted to staying outside without a person that stays with me, the more I...


Info sessions to share scope of $15.6M housing proposal in Erving
03-24-2024 2:01 PM

By LIESEL NYGARD

ERVING — Ahead of this year’s Annual Town Meeting, two information sessions will be held to share details on an estimated $15.6 million housing proposal from Rural Development Inc. (RDI). The presentations will be held at the Senior & Community Center...


Greenfield seniors ‘woefully in need’ of accessible, affordable housing
03-22-2024 4:49 PM

By TANISHA BHAT

Sixty-three-year Greenfield resident Joannah Whitney has been living in her ground-floor apartment for the past 10 years. That will soon change, though, as she recently received a notice stating she has until the summer to move out.“I am doing...


South Deerfield residents share thoughts on senior housing options
03-22-2024 2:49 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SOUTH DEERFIELD — More than 40 residents gathered on Thursday evening to share their thoughts on three initial designs for a potential senior housing project that would serve as a key piece of the town campus.At an open house, town officials and...


Home sales flat, price up ahead of spring market
03-19-2024 4:03 PM

By COLIN A. YOUNG

BOSTON — What difference can a year make? When it comes to home sales in Massachusetts, the answer is about $50,000.There were 2,042 single-family homes sold in Massachusetts in February, the exact same number of sales as in February 2023. But...


State’s rental assistance leaving families in limbo
03-19-2024 1:01 PM

By XINYI YANG

Anna Smith has applied three times to a state program that provides rental assistance for families — before, during and after the COVID-19 pandemic — with the intention of “saving her two kids and her life.” What she didn’t anticipate was such a bleak...


Public hearing planned on short-term rentals in Buckland
03-17-2024 8:14 AM

By DIANE BRONCACCIO

BUCKLAND — Residents will be able to weigh in on a proposed bylaw later this month that would allow short-term rentals while ensuring public safety, maintaining neighborhood character and preventing possible nuisances for abutters.By the end of 2022,...


Greenfield Housing Authority seeks new executive director
03-03-2024 12:09 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield Housing Authority will begin the search for a permanent executive director following the departure of Thomas Guerino.Guerino, who served as the agency’s executive director for roughly three years, recently left the...


Feasibility study reveals redevelopment, demolition options for Orange Armory
02-15-2024 6:18 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

ORANGE — The Orange Armory has served as a home for a volunteer militia regiment, a senior center and a roller rink business, among other functions. Might housing be added to the list? That’s a distinct possibility, and the professionals tasked with...


Healey forms two new housing advisory panels
02-01-2024 2:15 PM

By SAM DORAN

As part of her push to boost housing supply, Gov. Maura Healey swore in around 30 members of two panels this week, bringing together groups like developers and builders, advocates for the homeless and people with disabilities, and local officials.A...


Western Mass. legislators call for changes in Healey housing bill to meet region’s needs
01-19-2024 5:52 PM

By MADDIE FABIAN

As the state considers the governor’s proposed $4.1 billion Affordable Homes Act, a comprehensive roadmap for affordable housing, a group of 16 western Massachusetts legislators are advocating for amendments to meet housing needs in their region.In a...


Crush of testimony reflects seriousness of state’s housing crisis
01-19-2024 3:57 PM

By CHRIS LISINSKI

BOSTON — The Healey administration’s plan to supercharge housing production with billions of dollars of investment won some degree of praise from almost every corner of the state this week, but influential voices are at odds over some of the more...


Mass. home sales plunge to 12-year low 
01-16-2024 8:19 AM

By MICHAEL P. NORTON

Home sales across Massachusetts sank to a 12-year low in 2023, the first year in office for Gov. Maura Healey, whose road to the corner office was paved with promises to boldly tackle the state’s housing crisis.The Warren Group reported Tuesday that...


Human Rights Commission finds no harassment at Greenfield shelter
01-09-2024 5:36 PM

By MARY BYRNE

GREENFIELD — The Human Rights Commission discovered no evidence of harassment or intimidation at the Wells Street homeless shelter following an investigation into two brothers’ allegations of bullying and discrimination by Clinical & Support Options,...


Greenfield Planning Board approves CSO’s temporary shelter plan
01-05-2024 4:18 PM

By MARY BYRNE

GREENFIELD — The Planning Board has approved the site plan for a temporary shelter on Arch Street, where Clinical & Support Options (CSO) plans to relocate beds from the Wells Street shelter while construction on that building gets underway.Approval...


$40K grant kick-starts efforts of Franklin County Community Land Trust
01-01-2024 5:05 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

GREENFIELD — The Franklin County Community Land Trust recently received a $40,000 grant from the Root Causes Solutions Exchange Partnership to kick-start the organization’s efforts to make local housing more affordable. “The goal is to make housing a...

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