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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...

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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...


Residents seek answers to big housing development at old Belchertown State Hospital
01-26-2024 3:59 PM

By Emilee Klein

BELCHERTOWN — Donna Buxton hears every day that many Belchertown residents have no idea that a 108-unit residential development may be built on the old state school property off State Street.Prior to the creation of the Economic Development...


Western Mass. legislators call for changes in Healey housing bill to meet region’s needs
01-19-2024 5:47 PM

By MADDIE FABIAN

As the state considers the governor’s proposed $4.13 billion Affordable Homes Act — a comprehensive roadmap for affordable housing across the Commonwealth — a group of 16 western Massachusetts legislators are advocating for amendments to meet housing...


Crush of testimony reflects seriousness of state’s housing crisis
01-19-2024 11:21 AM

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...


Northampton makes case for joining fossil-fuel free pilot
01-07-2024 7:00 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — The city is hoping to join seven other Massachusetts municipalities in a new state pilot program that would require all future construction and major renovations to be free of fossil fuels.The pilot program, established by the state’s...


South Hadley OKs detailed affordable housing plan
01-01-2024 2:25 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

SOUTH HADLEY — After a year and a half of research and public engagement, South Hadley has an updated plan to generate more affordable housing.Both the Planning Board and Select Board approved the 200-page Housing Production Plan in December, a...


Warren amplifies push for Healey housing bill
12-19-2023 4:04 PM

By SAM DRYSDALE

BOSTON — U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren threw her weight behind Gov. Maura Healey’s housing plan this week, and said the federal government will need to “step up” to help the state address its housing affordability and availability crisis.As many as...


Concerns aired over 108-unit Carriage Grove housing plan at former Belchertown State Hospital
12-18-2023 4:41 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

BELCHERTOWN — A Brooklyn company’s plans for a 108-unit housing complex at Carriage Grove, the former Belchertown State School, is drawing concerns about traffic from planners and some residents.Developer Brisa Ventures LLC presented its design for...


Family shelter placements more than doubled under Healey
12-10-2023 7:00 PM

By SAM DRYSDALE

BOSTON — While lawmakers on Beacon Hill have deliberated over sending aid to the state’s emergency assistance system, the number of families that are finding safe housing in those shelters has grown by 105 percent in the last eleven months, according...

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