Topics: Affordable housing

EASTHAM — It takes much more than a village to raise affordable and workforce housing like the Village at Nauset Green. To build this $23 million, 65-unit development, it takes three neighboring towns and federal, state and private partners, 11 in all. But most of all, it takes the determination of a community to stick with its vision of broadening its housing stock for well nigh two decades. That persistenc...

CHATHAM – At two public forums last week, residents encouraged the planning board to move forward with a zoning amendment allowing accessory dwelling units in single-family homes, but recommended that limits be placed on the number of units allowed annually and suggested that the language of the bylaw be tightened to prevent abuse. Support was not unanimous, however, with several residents warning that the byl...

CHATHAM – Planning board members hope the public will provide feedback on a revised accessory dwelling unit (ADU) zoning bylaw amendment at two upcoming forums. The bylaw is designed to encourage more diverse housing choices by allowing year-round apartments in single-family homes. While the units will not have affordability restrictions, officials say allowing apartments in homes can help families meet the hi...

CHATHAM – The planning board approved the town's latest housing production plan last week. The document will now to go the board of selectmen for its endorsement before being submitted to the state for certification. An update of the town's 2013 housing production plan, the document provides strategies for reaching the goal of having 10 percent of the town's year-round housing stock classified as affordable. C...

Cape Cod's housing market is a victim of its own success. “We're known around the country as a safe investment,” said Alisa Magnotta Galazzi, CEO of the Housing Assistance Corporation. That's led to a steady increase in seasonal homes – 5,000 in the last six years – and a loss of some 3,000 year-round units in the same period, she said. That trend is a major contributor to the shortage of year-round housing...

CHATHAM – Only a handful of affordable housing units have been built in town since the town last housing production plan, and a draft update of the plan acknowledges reaching the target affordable housing goal is a “formidable challenge.” Currently 5.03 percent of the town's year-round housing stock is considered affordable, half of the 10 percent level established by the state and endorsed in the town's compr...

Main Street Condo Plan Under Fire

By: Tim Wood

Affordable Housing Issue 'Irrelevant,' Says Zoning Board CHATHAM – The loss of workforce housing to upscale residences, one of the main concerns of those worried about the inability of young families to afford to live in town, has become a focus of a proposal to replace run-down apartments on Main Street with high-end condominiums. Opponents say the plan will force working people out of what are now four mo...

Town, Citizens Group Commit To Working Together To Address Crisis CHATHAM – Most weekday mornings, traffic traveling east on Route 6 comes to a standstill in Dennis, where the highway narrows into a single lane. Many of the vehicles are heading here, where the occupants work but can't afford to live. “We're becoming a bedroom town,” said Selectman Shareen Davis. The lack of affordable housing here is not...

It's no secret that housing is a problem both locally and Cape-wide. The hot market for seasonal homes has driven costs beyond what's affordable for most working people, and the supply of modest, reasonably priced homes is woefully inadequate. Specifically targeting the need for affordable – and livable – year-round homes for working people, Cape Cod Young Professionals, in partnership with the Cape Cod and Is...

A few weeks ago my rent was raised. While a financial setback for me, I realized after pondering it for a time that it would be, and is likely, a nightmare for others. It's no secret that Cape Cod has a housing problem, and it's time to fix it. But it starts in a place most might not have considered: the mind. For as long as I've lived on this beautiful but complex peninsula there has been a stigma attached to...

CHATHAM – In granting developer Mark Bulman a comprehensive permit in 2007, the zoning board of appeals agreed to waive 18 zoning regulations and allow construction of 10 condominiums on a lot which otherwise would have only supported two single-family homes. The trade-off was that two of the units had to be sold as affordable, and that developer Mark Bulman was required to contribute $150,000 to the town's affor...

CHATHAM – In the past, summer workers could count on finding a room in one of the town's many dormitories or rooming houses, many of which were located in the Old Village and downtown. Today, those locations represent some of the town's priciest real estate, and places like the Hawes House and the Epicure dorms have given way to private residences or upscale condos. But with the scarcity of workforce housin...

CHATHAM – Local and state housing officials are collaborating to try to find a way get qualified buyers into two affordable condominiums along Route 28. The two-bedroom units at Main Street Village at 1070 Main St., marketed at $135,000 each, have been vacant for a number of years, and two attempts to hold lotteries failed to find buyers who met income limits and could qualify for mortgages. A few potential...

ORLEANS — A Community Housing Forum on April 11 will take a close look at the spectrum of current and future housing options Orleans needs for its residents, based on an in-depth survey of demographic and related trends. The forum, to be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the council on aging on Rock Harbor Road, will include a presentation of the draft community housing study and breakout sessions aimed at gene...

Affordable Units In Limbo

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – Mark Bulman sits in the living room of one of two affordable condominium units in his Main Street Village development at 1070 Main St. Aside from a lack of carpet and some bathroom fixtures, the two-bedroom, 1,500-square-foot condo is ready for someone to move in and enjoy the view of Perch Pond from the wide sliding glass doors in the dining room/kitchen. Except, Bulman points out, he's been unable ...

Habitat Requests Continuance To Address ZBA Concerns

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The Habitat for Humanity of Cape Cod six-home development project proposed along Route 28 in West Harwich hit a snag last week when members of the board of appeals challenged the completeness of the organization's application. After a nearly three-hour session a week ago Tuesday, Habitat representatives requested a two-week continuance to research issues raised by the appeals board. The appeals board...