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May 10, 2013

New housing plan aims to stop 40Bs with 40Bs


Three councilors voted against the measure, including Rico Mello, Barry Sinewitz and Arthur Athas. The latter led the charge against it, complaining that the city would be in the business of pointing to places where 40B developers could go.

“Why are we helping 40B developers?” he asked. “This is tacit approval.” In particular, he complained about invitations to build at Lake, Walnut, Lynnfield and Pulaski streets.

Councilor Barry Osborne saw just the opposite impact. “What the plan will do is to allow us to keep the 40Bs out of the picture. ... I have a friendly 40B in my ward, and it works. It works.”

Sawyer said there are no developers currently on the horizon hoping to build 40Bs where the city is indicating — or anywhere else. She pledges however, to aggressively seek out developers and promote that option to keep the city above the state’s 40B threshold.

“That’s my job,” she said.

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