“Obviously, I would love to have housing on every single corner, but the logistics of it don’t work. Parking is such an issue in our city already.” — At-Large Councilor Shane Burgo
The lot on Union Street has been empty since 2004. The planned development includes 45 market-rate apartments and 2,500 square feet of ground-floor commercial space.
The city is encouraging denser housing with less parking near the new commuter rail stations. It’s a big shift for car-dependent New Bedford.
City Hall to address the housing crisis by hiring a vacant property development manager. The new hire will work with property owners, developers, banks, courts, and other city departments to bring vacant properties back into use.
‘People are struggling’ as wages and benefits fail to keep pace with soaring rents and inflation
The state Legislature will likely need to rewrite its laws, or tax collectors could risk violating the Constitution if they follow the same foreclosure laws they’ve used for decades. And those tax collectors could now face multimillion-dollar lawsuits brought by former property owners who want their home equity back.
“Homeowners must be provided with enhanced protections so that their residences are not stolen under the guise of a bureaucratic process.” — State Sen. Mark Montigny, pressing for passage of his bill after Thursday’s ruling.
New Bedford Light columnist Jack Spillane filled in for Barry Richards on Monday afternoon on WBSM and during the first hour his guest was Josh Amaral, the city’s director of the Office of Housing and Community Development.
“I am disappointed to see some of my colleagues change their vote,” said Councilor-at-Large Shane Burgo, the main sponsor of the rent control question. He said he understands that “overriding a mayor’s veto is not something you take lightly.”
It can save tenants money, but there can be unintended consequences.