Category: Development

Cleaning up at the casino: Part 2, “What else could you do?”

30 December, 2014 (10:00) | Casinos, Development, Environmental, Everett, Housing, Land use, Local issues, US News, Zoning | No comments

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.] By: David A. Smith Yesterday’s post on the immediate benefit of Massachusetts’ casino license award to Wynn’s group focused not on the state’s win ($85 million in licensing fee) but the City of Everett’s imminent environmental cleanup of the casino site, an oblong finger into the sleepy shallow muddy Mystic […]

Cleaning up at the casino: Part 1, “A fairly rough site”

29 December, 2014 (10:00) | Casinos, Development, Environmental, Everett, Gambling, Housing, Land use, Local issues, US News, Zoning | No comments

By: David A. Smith The referendum to repeal casino gambling in Massachusetts having been decisively defeated (as I and everybody else expected, in part because proponents of casino gambling outspent opponents 20 to 1), the Wynn group is proceeding with its site’s development (having wired the $85 million licensing fee the day after the referendum), […]

Buying optionality, or Is there life after death?

22 December, 2014 (09:00) | Atlantic City, Carl Icahn, Casinos, Cities, Development, Donald Trump, Economics, ED4ED, Eminent domain, Fair market value, Gambling, Homeownership, Housing, Land use, Markets, Urban renewal, Urbanization, US News, Vera Coking | No comments

By: David A. Smith Backing up the claim? Vera Coking’s boarding house, pre-demolition A few months ago, in August, I wrote at length (You have the right to remain: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6 and Part 7) about the end of Vera Coking’s ownership of her decaying and […]

It is for us the living, rather: Part 3, Shall not perish from the earth

19 December, 2014 (10:00) | Archeology, Cemetery, Development, Easement, Encumbrance, Hartland, Homeownership, Housing, Land use, Title, Vermont, Zoning | No comments

 [Continued from yesterday’s Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.] By: David A. Smith We here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain During yesterday’s Part 2, Mr. Guite prevailed in court (back in 2011) and proceeded to relocate the cemetery. Bringing in the University of Vermont’s Consulting Archeology department to […]

It is for us the living, rather: Part 2, We cannot consecrate

18 December, 2014 (10:00) | Archeology, Cemetery, Development, Easement, Encumbrance, Hartland, Homeownership, Housing, Land use, Title, Vermont, Zoning | No comments

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.] By: David A. Smith It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this. In yesterday’s Part 1, we encountered Michel Guite, for several decades a part-time resident of Hartland, Vermont, who bought a quarter-square-mile plot of land in the middle of which was located a tiny (0.025 acre) […]