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The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center at Dartmouth College is conducting an Upper Valley housing survey

You can take the survey, which was shared on the listerve by Ronald G. Shaiko, at this link:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/UVhousing

It’s 25 questions long (so, like, 3½ Lucky 7 News Quizzes).

Housing has been in the news a lot recently. We profiled developer Mike Davidson over the weekend (and this morning followed up about his negative reaction to a Lebanon city councilor’s comments in that story).

Earlier this month we had a story about development in WRJ, where new apartments are renting in the $700 to $800 range, while residence at an assisted-living facility will start at $8,400 a month.

Affordable housing is difficult to come by even if you’re buying, according to this story from April: “Real estate agents say they can’t recall a time when the balance between supply and demand has been so far out of whack. … Moreover, the further down the pay scale, the more difficult it becomes to find affordable housing in the Upper Valley.”

That’s because, according to Twin Pines Housing Trust estimates from March, the Upper Valley generally has a less than 3 percent vacancy rate. Barry Bluestone, a Northeastern professor and director of the Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy, argues that a healthy rate is 6 to 7 percent.

 

The apartment building at 18 Mahan Street in Lebanon, N.H., on May 8, 2018, is one of the properties owned by developer Mike Davidson’s Execusuite. (Valley News – Geoff Hansen) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

If you call the Granite State home, NHPR wants to hear from you

New Hampshire Public Radio is seeking input from residents on the cost of living in the state. Learn more below.

Six-story, 66-unit apartment building proposed in downtown Lebanon

Conceptual drawing by Execusuite, LLC.

From today’s Valley News:

An established Upper Valley developer is proposing to build a six-story apartment complex behind Lebanon’s old junior high school*.

 

Mike Davidson said on Tuesday that the project on the 7.4-acre school property he acquired in 2013 would provide much-needed housing in the city without contributing to urban sprawl.

 

Plans call for 66 one-bedroom and studio units to be built in a roughly 75-foot-tall building behind the former junior high school, just south of the Northern Rail Trail.

 

“Our hope is to build a high-quality structure that takes advantage of the downtown amenities and infrastructure without harming the aesthetic of the surrounding area,” Davidson said in an email on Tuesday. “The location is tucked down behind the old junior high off to the side and at a lower elevation. It will be substantially shielded by the school.”

*The address is 75 Bank St. There’s a map at the Valley News story.

This N.H. tiny house company wants to help people live large

The houses may be small, but the demand for such spaces is big — and getting bigger.

Henniker, N.H.-based home construction company Tiny Living Spaces is a young operation that specializes in building mobile tiny homes “you can actually live in,” according to builder Seth Murdough. Our sister paper The Concord Monitor recently did a feature story on the company and one of the tiny houses it’s currently working on. Check it out below.

Upper Valley orgs want to convert Lebanon apartment building into housing for homeless people

Shawn Westover carries his bicycle down the steps of his apartment complex at 10 Parkhurst St., in Lebanon, N.H., on Wednesday, July 17, 2017. Westover said that he will be moving out when the building is renovated to accomodate low-income residents. (Valley News – Charles Hatcher) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

 

From this morning’s paper:

Twin Pines Housing Trust is proposing to purchase 10 Parkhurst St. and renovate the building’s 18 studio apartments to serve the chronically homeless, people who have been without housing for 12 continuous months or on four separate occasions over the last three years. …

 

The Upper Valley Haven, a White River Junction-based homeless shelter, will maintain a presence in the building, providing case management to keep residents housed.

 

“When people have a place to live that is decent, safe and sanitary, they are much more likely to have better health outcomes,” Andrew Winter, executive director of Twin Pines, said on Wednesday.

Read more.