Is a Motel Room Affordable Housing? Methuen Officials Are Arguing Yes

In a case that shows the lengths communities will go to stop a housing project from getting built, Methuen officials are trying to leverage the state’s use of a Days Inn motel as an emergency shelter for homeless families to block a proposal to build 300 rental units on a parcel that straddles the city’s border with neighboring Dracut. 

Healey Admin. Plans Vacant-Housing Blitz

Following a wide-ranging investigation by WBUR and Pro Publica that found the state’s housing authorities had around 2,300 vacant, state-subsidized affordable apartments, the Healey administration announced it’s launching a “90-day push” to get tenants into empty units.

Everyone Wins from Wu’s New Plans

Boston Mayor Michelle Wu delivered a trainload of good news to the real estate industry at Back Bay’s Plaza Hotel last week in the form of policies that look like true win-wins for industry and everyday Bostonians, alike.

Boston ‘Missing’ 184K Households

A new study from listings portal Zillow has sought to quantify the effects of a decade or more of under-building in the nation’s housing markets by estimating how many families are doubled-up – or worse – in apartments.

Harvard Gets $750M for Allston Development

Construction of the initial 900,000-square-foot phase of Harvard’s Enterprise Research Campus in Allston is beginning this week after developers received a $750-million construction loan led by Otera Capital.

Asheville, TN, USA-11 April 2021: A large, monolithic sign identifying the First Citizens Bank in downtown.

Lynch, Pressley Push First Citizens on Affordable Housing

With affordable housing developers nervous about losing what was a key source of financing thanks to the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank, nearly the entire Massachusetts congressional delegation is urging the bank’s buyer to follow through on SVB’s commitments to affordable housing projects.