Category: Local issues

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), […]

Whose woods these are? I think I know: Part 6, And miles to go before I sleep

25 November, 2014 (10:00) | Affordable Housing, Belmont, Cambridge, Chapter 40B, Development, Eminent domain, Environmentalism, Housing, Inclusionary zoning, Local issues, NIMBY, Protests, Zoning |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 5 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4.] By: David A. Smith Finally, in the story of the potential 298 apartments in Belmont, 60 of them affordable (at no cost to the Town of Belmont, mind you), we come to the (most recent) day of reckoning, […]

Whose woods these are? I think I know: Part 5, But I have promises to keep

24 November, 2014 (09:00) | Affordable Housing, Belmont, Cambridge, Chapter 40B, Development, Eminent domain, Environmentalism, Housing, Inclusionary zoning, Local issues, NIMBY, Protests, Zoning | 1 comment

[Continued from Friday’s Part 4 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.] By: David A. Smith By now, with four parts of this story completed, the opponents of a private owner’s development of its own property (consistent with the statewide zoning and the Chapter 40B mandate that all cities and towns have a […]

Whose woods these are? I think I know: Part 4, To ask if there is some mistake

21 November, 2014 (10:00) | Affordable Housing, Belmont, Cambridge, Chapter 40B, Development, Eminent domain, Environmentalism, Housing, Inclusionary zoning, Local issues, NIMBY, Protests, Zoning |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 3 and the preceding Part 1 and Part 2.] By: David A. Smith Yesterday’s post on the saga of a site’s (so far non-) development ended with Massachusetts State Senator Will Brownsberger introducing, and having the legislature pass, a law that would authorize the Commonwealth to grant Belmont money for Belmont […]