Speakers Series Gets Great Start on March 6th With 40B Forum
The Windsor Club in Waban was filled on Sunday, March 6, for "Answering Chapter 40B: The Challenge of Housing Affordability & Neighborhood Context in Newton", an NVA-sponsored forum on Chapter 40B and housing affordability. Attorneys and 40B experts Professor Jonathan Witten (left in photo below right) and Dennis Murphy (right), and moderator Julia Malakie, (center) impressed the crowd with their complete command of the subject, and their ability to make a very complex subject understandable. Links and information are here.
More Information, in Case You Missed the 40B Forum...
Anyone who lives in Newton has probably heard of "40B" projects. Chapter 40B is a Massachusetts state law that allows developers, under certain conditions, to ignore local zoning and put an over-sized apartment or condo complex almost anywhere, including next to houses in neighborhoods of single-family and two-family houses. Two historic Victorian houses in Newtonville were demolished in February 2016, destroying a long-established neighborhood of working families, to make way for a 40B luxury condo project. The photo and video below are the view from the next-door neighbor's house. If this could happen on Court Street, it could happen on your street.