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Easthampton’s 11 Ferry St. project promises affordable five-story, 96-unit complex
07-12-2024 5:09 PM

By ALEXA LEWIS

EASTHAMPTON — Springfield nonprofit Home City Development Inc. has long been planning an affordable housing project on Ferry Street. Now, they are close to finalizing a construction plan, and could be breaking ground this time next year.Peter...

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Playing catch-up on housing: Affordable projects in pipeline around Valley as gap keeps growing
07-12-2024 4:59 PM

By ALEXA LEWIS

Thousands of new affordable housing units will be built in western Massachusetts in the next few years, but local housing advocates say this still will not be enough to meet the massive regional demand for housing relief.The lack of affordable housing...


Developer secures $2M for High Street apartments in Holyoke
07-06-2024 4:00 PM

By ALEXA LEWIS

HOLYOKE — Urbanist Development has secured $2 million through the state’s Housing Development Incentive Program (HDIP) for the construction of 19 new apartments on High Street. The Wrights Block development resides on one of the oldest contiguous...


Study finds homeless numbers on the rise in valley
07-04-2024 9:16 AM

By CHRIS LARABEEand JAMES PENTLAND

A count of homeless people in the region this year shows the number of homeless families in Hampshire County doubling over 2023, and overall homeless numbers at their highest in at least five years.The annual Point-in-Time count, a national initiative...


Plans in works for 12 all-electric homes off North Street in Northampton
07-01-2024 3:33 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — Plans for construction of 12 all-electric homes in a new residential area off North Street are getting mixed reviews, with some neighbors critical of the development that proponents say matches the city’s sustainability goals.The units,...


Poll: Mass. voters open to housing crisis solutions
06-03-2024 4:51 PM

By COLIN A. YOUNG

The major housing policy and bond bill expected to pass the House this week includes ideas that have the support of a majority of Massachusetts residents across demographic and political groups, like allowing people to build accessory dwellings on...


House outlines $6.2 billion housing plan
06-03-2024 4:49 PM

By CHRIS LISINSKI

BOSTON — House Democrats will seek a vote this week on a bill that combines $6.2 billion in state borrowing and tax credits with policy reforms designed to unlock new housing production, including development of units on single-family lots.With...


Getting a fix on homelessness: Advocates convene, strategize
05-31-2024 9:07 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

HOLYOKE — After a disabling truck crash left Jocephus Grant unable to work, his wife moved out and the bank foreclosed on the Springfield home he had bought in 2009.The bank sold his home to an investor “for pennies on the dollar,” the investor moved...


Home sales in state, Hampshire County spring to life in April
05-22-2024 4:11 PM

By COLIN A. YOUNG

BOSTON — There were 3,100 single-family homes sold in Massachusetts last month, and while that number alone may not mean much to those still looking for an affordable home, it may represent a glimmer of hope — it was the largest year-over-year...


Labonte wins tight Select Board race in Granby
05-21-2024 3:37 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

GRANBY — David Alan Labonte narrowly edged out three other candidates to win a seat on the Select Board on Monday. Labonte received 307 votes, or 36 more than Micheline Turgeon’s 271 votes. The other two candidates, John Arcouette and Nathaniel Albin...


Four-way race shapes up for Granby Select Board
05-10-2024 4:06 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

GRANBY — Candidates in the coming town election — including the seven candidates in contested races for Select Board and Housing Authority — recently outlined their views at a candidate night forum in hopes of swaying residents to vote for them when...


Connected through art: Rocky Hill Cohousing community participates in art exchange with group from Australia
05-10-2024 2:59 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

Residents of the Rocky Hill Cohousing community are no strangers to working on art projects together.But, for the Global Art Project for Peace, they’re taking another step — exchanging artwork with a group in another country.“We’ve done other art...


New Realtor Association CEO looks to work collaboratively to maximize housing options
04-24-2024 1:52 PM

By ABNER ROJAS

SPRINGFIELD — As the Realtor Association of Pioneer Valley’s new CEO arrives to a Massachusetts housing market plagued by high prices and a lack of stock, he aims to work alongside elected officials to maximize the availability of different kinds of...


Developer lands $400K loan for affordable housing project in Easthampton mill district
04-18-2024 12:06 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

EASTHAMPTON —  A Springfield nonprofit developer planning to construct One Industrial Lofts, a 96-unit affordable housing development at the former Hampton textile mill at 11-15 Ferry St., is receiving a $400,000 loan from a public-private community...


Prices up, sales down in early spring housing market
04-17-2024 9:45 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 significantly outpace the inventory of houses for sale.The real estate analysts at The Warren...


Housing bylaw coming to Whately Town Meeting
04-08-2024 11:11 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...


South Deerfield residents share views on senior housing options
03-26-2024 12:24 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Three initial designs for a potential senior housing project that would serve as a key piece of the town campus is receiving positive feedback from residents.At an open house attended by more than 40 residents last week, town...


A ‘textbook’ housing solution: State housing chief lauds Northampton’s North Commons
03-25-2024 3:22 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — Massachusetts Housing Secretary Ed Augustus toured the North Commons mixed-income development in Northampton’s Village Hill area on Monday, calling it a “textbook example” of how to build affordable housing units to tackle the state’s...


State’s rental assistance leaving families in limbo
03-19-2024 12:54 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...


Big project wins OK at old Belchertown State School
02-18-2024 12:00 PM

By Emilee Klein

BELCHERTOWN — The town has signed off on the largest project yet in its long-desired efforts to redevelop the former Belchertown State School — a 100-unit mixed-income residential complex that also includes converting an old administration building...


Easthampton mayor part of Healey’s new housing commission
02-07-2024 9:06 AM

By SAM DORAN

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

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