Mayor Walsh today announced a new proposal for dealing with short-term rentals that would by default bar investors from buying up units or even entire buildings and offering rentals on Airbnb and similar sites. Read more.
Home 'n' hearth
Ed. note: Corrected to reflect fact that a family of three would need two bedrooms, not three, and that the BPDA requires rental units be available to people making up to 70% of the area median income, which drops the monthly rent from nearly $1,900 to $1,400.
In Boston, developers putting up buildings with at least 10 units are required to set aside 13% of the units in new buildings as "affordable" (or contribute even more to a fund that acquires such units elsewhere). Typically, this means they have to be affordable to people making up to 80% of the "area median income."
The BPDA last week released its 2018 calculations for just what that means: Read more.
You think the developer of this complex is working on anything in Plain Jamaica or Bay Back?
Residents of buildings in the Back Bay and Fort Point say they realize they live in the city and that means a certain level of sound - that's why they've bought white-noise machines. But the devices have proved no match for a nine-piece band in one case, and throbbing bass in another, the residents told city licensing head Christine Pulgini today. Read more.
City Councilor Matt O'Malley (Jamaica Plain, West Roxbury) has had enough of storefronts and apartments that go empty - sometimes for years - in even the swankiest of neighborhoods and wants to begin looking at ways to prod landlords to rent the spaces out that could include "vacancy fees." Read more.
For the third time, a federal judge has rejected an effort by the owner of the fire-ravaged building at 97 Mt. Ida Rd. to move his case from state Housing Court to federal court - this time with a warning for the man to knock it off. Read more.
Rather than face a potential fight with the City Council over how to keep Airbnb and its kin from eating Boston, Mayor Walsh has pulled his proposed regulations for possible changes. Read more.
Rhiannon D'Angelo watched the rising tide batter the condos at the end of Union Wharf in the North End around 11 a.m.
A four-story residential building at 4 Winthrop St. is going to need some major repairs before it even is ready for occupancy, Greater Boston Radio reports. Read more.
NorthEndWaterfront.com reports the West End Civic Association next week discusses "what needs to be done to control the proliferation of AirBnBs and illegal rentals in West End apartment buildings."
The meeting begins at 7 p.m. on Feb. 15 in the Amy Lowell Community Room, 65 Martha Rd.
Mayor Walsh today announced a formal process for developers to propose possibly taking over city buildings such as libraries, community centers, public-health facilities and fire stations and redeveloping them into larger structures that would include new city facilities layered with housing units. Read more.
Councilor Lydia Edwards (Charlestown, East Boston, North End) today proposed taxes on property speculation as a way to keep Boston from becoming another Manhattan.
Mayor Walsh is formally asking the City Council to approve home-share regulations that would limit how often somebody could rent out their apartment or condo and which would require anybody listing their homes or rooms for rentals to pay a fee that would help the city regulate the burgeoning market. Read more.
The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that developer-written condo-trust provisions that make it impossible to sue the developer for construction-related problems are illegal. Read more.
In his inauguration speech today, Mayor Walsh announced a four-year, $10-million fundraising effort to build 200 units of "supportive, sustainable, long-term housing for chronically homeless men and women."
The fund has been launched in partnership with Pine Street Inn and Bank of America - which donated $250,000 to the effort.
Roving UHub photographer Frank Kosiba ran across the quaint 2-bedroom bungalow on East 2 Street between K and I in South Boston, wonders if it comes with parking.
WBUR reports on the opening of its sales office.
The BPDA board yesterday approved a test to make it easier for homeowners to add a single apartment in three neighborhoods - in a program that will include zero-percent city loans of up to $30,000 for any required modifications. Read more.
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