May 30, 2023
Michelle Wu provides replace on free tons provided for reasonably priced housing


Wu introduced plans earlier this yr to make 150 vacant tons throughout town obtainable to builders that wish to construct reasonably priced housing.

Michelle Wu provides replace on free tons provided for reasonably priced housing
Boston Mayor Michelle Wu delivering her first “State of the Metropolis” tackle in January 2023. Matthew J. Lee/Boston Globe

Throughout her “State of the Metropolis” tackle in January, Boston Mayor Michelle Wu introduced plans to supply 150 vacant tons throughout town to builders free of charge if they comply with use them for reasonably priced housing. She gave an replace on that challenge Sunday. 

Bids on the primary 27 of these tons will come again to town in June, Wu stated throughout an look on WCVB’s “On the Document.” Metropolis officers will then evaluate these bids and make extra of the tons obtainable to bidders in batches. 

“Housing is the highest problem throughout each a part of our metropolis, I might say even throughout our commonwealth,” Wu informed WCVB. “Persons are getting priced out and we now have to do the whole lot attainable proper now. So we’re making an attempt to create extra housing, we’re making an attempt to stabilize individuals of their properties, we’re making an attempt to spice up residence possession and assist people who find themselves renting turn out to be owners with helps, and we’re each inch of metropolis land.”

Wu went on to say that town is just not constructing sufficient new housing for the time being. Her administration is working to each elicit proposals from native builders and to hurry up the processes behind growth. 

“I signed an govt order final yr to chop in half the period of time that it takes reasonably priced housing proposals to get reviewed and to streamline a few of the ways in which departments coordinate on that,” she stated. 

Officers have seen the outcomes of that up to now, she stated. Her focus is aligning zoning codes, inner processes, growth approvals, and group involvement to maintain tempo. 

Final week, Gov. Maura Healey named former Worcester Metropolis Supervisor Ed Augustus because the state’s first Housing Secretary in additional than 30 years. Wu stated she has not had the prospect to fulfill with him but, however welcomes the chance to collaborate with Augustus. 

“I’m excited that there’s some extent of focus there,” she informed WCVB. “We’ve had a whole lot of success and nice partnership with the assorted state officers already in place there, and we work hand in hand with them on the whole lot from making an attempt to sort out and tackle homelessness all the best way as much as ‘what does it seem like to consider zoning collectively throughout the state?’”

Throughout her 2021 mayoral marketing campaign, Wu closely emphasised her need to introduce a type of lease management to Boston. In February, she filed a plan that might set annual most allowable lease will increase based mostly on adjustments to the patron worth index. 

In March, Metropolis Council voted 11-2 to cross the house rule petition, sending it to state lawmakers. It could want their approval in addition to that of Gov. Healey to turn out to be legislation.