HAP’s development moves ahead, but Valley CDC’s lumberyard housing project stalls.

Out on the big stretch of open land off of Holyoke Street, the goldenrod is growing high on the Northampton Lumber land, sprouting through cracks in the asphalt. Time is passing. Northampton Lumber is dead, and its land lies fallow. Just what downtown Northampton needs, another vacant piece of land. Joanne Campbell of Valley CDC … Continue reading HAP’s development moves ahead, but Valley CDC’s lumberyard housing project stalls.

HURRAY!

REFORM! I can’t remember this happening. (ever) The police and the Northampton Housing Authority putting the spotlight on active heroin and other drug dealing in our public housing.  The new director is putting her stamp on the organization. A Housing Authority that asks for help with drugs, that works with the police to make complexes like … Continue reading HURRAY!

Stuck in the Heartland

I watched the first couple episodes of NARCOS, the Netflix series, and before it lost its documentary structure and took its all but inevitable plunge into the sewer of sex and mindless violence which is at the core of the Columbian drug business, it raised the usual questions that we ask ourselves about our strategy … Continue reading Stuck in the Heartland

Beauty is only skin deep

22-34 New South Street looks good, but it doesn’t seem to be a happy building. It’s got pockets of happiness. You can see how the building works and doesn’t work by the police reports.  It’s the eleven “warrant services” , the 14 “suspicious-wanted” notices and the 14 “harassment-stalking” notices that grabbed my attention.  I’ve been in … Continue reading Beauty is only skin deep

Northampton Housing Authority Moves closer to selecting new Executive Director

At a special meeting of the NHA Board of Directors on June 4th, the board interviewed two finalists for the position and seemed ready to vote to hire Cara Clifford, a manager at Konover Residential Corporation in West Hartford Connecticut, but put off a final vote until this coming Monday, when they will have their … Continue reading Northampton Housing Authority Moves closer to selecting new Executive Director

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

Dodging the Bullet

w Timely DPW Action heads off another flood in Church Street area This is as far as the old King Street Brook got this time. You can see its forward edge in the lower photograph.  It was headed for Church Street again, but never got further than the foot of State. The DPW diverted it there into two … Continue reading Dodging the Bullet

Facts? about the camp cars, a video produced by Norfolk Southern, and a video calling for their abolition.

Below is another video shot in 2006, when evidently the Teamsters had launched a campaign to abolish camp cars. Guerilla video. I think living conditions now have improved because of these efforts.  Still, there’s something about this system that makes me think of that line out of the old song, “I owe my soul to … Continue reading Facts? about the camp cars, a video produced by Norfolk Southern, and a video calling for their abolition.

Northampton Lodging might be acquired by HAP

Thanks to our twenty-four hour email tip line, KOTL has learned that Housing Allowance Program of Springfield has inked a purchase and sale agreement with the owner of Northampton Lodging.   This can only be thrilling news to Pleasant Street, and might work pretty well for the present tenants of the building, if things work … Continue reading Northampton Lodging might be acquired by HAP