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

Read the complete decision on BID here

This judicial decision was a scorcher.  When a judge uses words like “desperate” to describe the defendant’s arguments, it is indicative that he finds the city’s case extremely weak.  I will have more to say tomorrow.   To read the full decision, click here. Continue reading Read the complete decision on BID here

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

Media Education Foundation Article Put back up

I got a small barrage of calls and letters about this story.  One person thought that it was yellow journalism; that I was picking on a nice guy.  I  reread my story and thought it was kind of sarcastic in places. I didn’t like the tone of it.  So I regret that. But even when … Continue reading Media Education Foundation Article Put back up

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

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.