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Amid housing crunch, local zoning under scrutiny

June 9, 2016

The Salem News

June 8, 2016

by Christian M. Wade

BOSTON — A nonprofit group pitched a plan two years ago to build a 60-unit affordable housing complex in Wenham, but the project is bogged down by legal challenges from neighbors and has yet to break ground. In Andover, two affordable housing projects that together would create nearly 600 new apartments face mounting opposition from nearby residents who’ve raised concerns about traffic, wetlands issues and school overcrowding.

And Boxford, which has the least amount of affordable housing in the North of Boston region, has rejected recent attempts to devote land for multifamily housing, citing similar concerns about the impact on town resources. More than 45 years after the state passed a law meant to remove barriers to affordable housing, low-cost rentals and houses remain relatively scarce, and many cities and towns have resisted efforts to build new stock.

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