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Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity starts work on 58th affordable home and sixth in Greenfield
07-15-2024 4:47 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

GREENFIELD — What was once the site of an old farmhouse is now being transformed into an affordable, all-electric one-bedroom home at 184 Petty Plain Road with help from Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity.The idea for the project, funded using...

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Orange board seeks Leisure Woods budget details before deciding on proposed 43% fee hike
07-17-2024 4:29 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

ORANGE — A decision on whether Leisure Woods Estates can raise its monthly lot fees by 43% will wait until at least August, as the Mobile Rent Control Board requested additional budget information.Leisure Woods Estates Inc. is petitioning the board to...


Greenfield councilor pitches zoning changes to address housing crisis
07-05-2024 12:33 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

GREENFIELD — In an effort to mitigate rising housing costs, which correlate with an increase in homelessness, At-Large Councilor John Garrett is drafting a list of proposed zoning amendments to encourage the creation of more densely populated housing...


Study finds Franklin County homeless population on the rise
07-04-2024 9:22 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

The number of homeless people in Franklin County has more than doubled in the last year, as the annual Point-in-Time count in January found 252 people sleeping in shelters or outside, compared to 104 in January 2023.Franklin County accounted for...


Owners of Leisure Woods Estates mobile home park in Orange propose 43% rent hike, riling residents
07-03-2024 5:59 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

ORANGE — The owners of Leisure Woods Estates have proposed raising monthly lot fees by 43% and residents of the town’s only rent-controlled mobile home park worry about the financial strain it could put on them.Glenn Gidley, the principal owner of...


Senate approves housing bill that blends policy, financing
06-28-2024 4:56 PM

By COLIN A. YOUNG

BOSTON — Before voting late Thursday night to pass a housing policy and borrowing bill that many say could turn the tides of the housing market, senators adopted an amendment that would prohibit most home purchase offers that are conditioned on the...


Millions provided in state, federal funding for Wilson’s redevelopment in Greenfield
06-27-2024 6:44 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

GREENFIELD — The Property Management Company Community Builders, LLC received more than $12.37 million in state and federal tax credits and subsidies for its conversion of the former Wilson’s Department Store on Main Street into a 61-unit affordable...


Webinar seeks to debunk myths about affordable housing
06-27-2024 5:58 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

When talking about affordable housing, as with anything, it is important to separate fact from fiction.It was with this in mind that the Franklin Regional Council of Governments partnered with the Boston-based Citizens’ Housing and Planning...


Poll: Mass. voters open to housing crisis solutions
06-03-2024 2:46 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...


Home sales in state, Franklin County spring to life in April
05-27-2024 3:01 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...


Greenfield residents chime in on housing creation
05-23-2024 6:56 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

GREENFIELD — As the city works to develop a comprehensive plan to build housing, residents appeared before Community and Economic Development Department officials and representatives from the urban planning firm CommunityScale on Wednesday to offer...


Regional listening session to inform development of statewide housing plan
05-16-2024 6:52 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

GREENFIELD — Availability, affordability and accessibility of housing was the focus of the Executive Office of Housing and Livable Communities’ regional listening session on Thursday, which will help inform the development of a statewide housing...


Renovation of vacant Greenfield house will help those ‘priced out’ of home ownership
05-13-2024 3:22 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

GREENFIELD — Rural Development Inc., a Montague-based nonprofit affiliated with the Franklin County Regional Housing & Redevelopment Authority, is renovating a vacant three-bedroom home on Cleveland Street for reuse as affordable housing. The 42...


Leyden bylaw changes regarding ADUs look to address housing shortage
05-09-2024 1:57 PM

By LIESEL NYGARD

LEYDEN — The Planning Board discussed the possibility of adopting amendments and additions to the town’s zoning bylaws to promote housing growth during a public hearing on Wednesday.The changes, which will be voted on during Leyden’s Annual Town...


New Realtor Association CEO looks to work collaboratively to maximize housing options
04-20-2024 4:09 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...


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...


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...

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