Community Preservation Mathematics: 2.05 million in applications, only $170,000 is left in the kitty?

    Yeah, I’m back from California, and I am not happy. I opened the Gazette the other day and I see this front-page article with an artist’s rendition of a new Pulaski Park. The mayor plans to finance it with a  $1.7 million Community Preservation Act grant, even though there is only $170,000 left … Continue reading Community Preservation Mathematics: 2.05 million in applications, only $170,000 is left in the kitty?

Why is Affordable Housing So Expensive

Our readers  have raised questions on to why the Valley CDC’s “Lumberyard” affordable project on Pleasant Street is so expensive, and whether it is a good use  of Community Preservation Act (CPA)  money.  According to Gregory Rosenthal ,writing in the Wharton Real Estate Review, other communities across the United States are also having “sticker shock” … Continue reading Why is Affordable Housing So Expensive

Revised Plans Presented for Valley CDC Affordable Housing

 The Valley Community Development Council’s architect, Cliff Baehmer, took a beating at a previous public meeting about his design for a mixed use building at the corner of Holyoke Street and Pleasant Street at the former site of Northampton Lumber. Local architects and aesthetes and abutters went at the building’s deficiencies with great gusto.  The temperature … Continue reading Revised Plans Presented for Valley CDC Affordable Housing

Anti-BID effort picks up more backers in new filings in federal court

Up til now, it has been W. Michael Ryan, Alan Scheinman and Eric Suher against the world. On September 29th, however, their lawyer filed a petition in federal court to add forty six new complainants. The 68 page filing asserts these complainants own property in the BID district and they are refusing to pay their … Continue reading Anti-BID effort picks up more backers in new filings in federal court

How A backroom deal saved Goggins Real Estate from homelessness

The other day, in a planning department file marked “Carlon Drive”  I found a 38 page study done by Baystate Environmental  Consultants (BEC) entitled “The functional Analysis  of the Hydrology and Hydraulics of the Barrett Street Marsh.”  It was done thirteen years  ago, in April, 2000. Not a page turner, but an eye-opener.  Here’s the … Continue reading How A backroom deal saved Goggins Real Estate from homelessness

Poor, poor pitiful me. The Victimization Gambit.

“Indeed, artists like Thomas Cole believed Northampton to be the epitome of the picturesque – the ideal middle landscape between the sordid city and wild nature.”                                                                         The Camoin Study  The poor people that burned the midnight oil and created this study really pulled out all the stops on the … Continue reading Poor, poor pitiful me. The Victimization Gambit.

All’s Fair in Love and Real Estate

 The nice thing about living in a planned community like Village Hill is that there’s a minimum of surprises.  On Olander Drive, where Wayne Feiden and Andy Crystal live in adjoining houses, land with conservation restrictions ensures unobstructed views of the valley and the neighborhoods of Northampton.  Everything is planned, the streets are wide and brand-new, and … Continue reading All’s Fair in Love and Real Estate