The $80-a-Week, 60-Square-Foot Housing Solution That’s Also Totally Illegal – Next City

Single-room occupancy housing, otherwise known as a lodging house. They definitely can provide for a niche in the housing market. Dennis allows lodging houses by Special Permit. We have had one request in the past 15 years. We have another potential one being brought forward as a way for an employer to provide employee housing. Stay tuned.


The $80-a-Week, 60-Square-Foot Housing Solution That’s Also Totally Illegal – Next City.

The economic value of a unique place | Better! Cities & Towns Online

Definitely a good read. We have done much to preserve what matters. Adopting design guidelines, restrictions on formula businesses, open space acquisitions and the regulations for Crowe’s Pasture all reflect our attempts to protect the aesthetic qualities vfound in Dennis. Each of these actions improve quality of life and property values.

Theatre Campaign Sees Pledges Mount Quickly | The Vineyard Gazette – Martha’s Vineyard News

Going to toss it out there, could a nonprofit be formed to acquire,  renovate and operate the Columns as a musically oriented museum/performance space?  A space where aspiring artists could perform at an open mike or bigger name musical acts could re-energize the village?

Perhaps we could introduce an affordable housing component as well to the site.

New life in West Dennis – Opinion – – Hyannis, MA

We never stop trying to improve our local economies. I met Mr. Bird last week, the restaurant idea fits perfectly in with the goals of the West Dennis Village zoning, and we look forward to another new business in the village!

New life in West Dennis – Opinion – – Hyannis, MA.

FEMA’s Public Assistance Program – Mitigation Funding – Disaster Recovery Today

We will be pursuing Pre-Disaster Mitigation Funding once again this year to elevate structures. I am still looking for potential participants. I need from you, building plans including a site plan, proposed building elevations, cost estimate and a commitment to pay your portion of the cost to elevate the structure, generally 25% of the project cost.

Let me know if you are interested.

FEMA’s Public Assistance Program – Mitigation Funding – Disaster Recovery Today.

Base Flood Elevation Construction Versus Building Above BFE

We have had several recent projects before the Board of Appeals with construction projects that maintain a first floor at BFE. While this construction meets building code for flood zone construction it can be costly.

Flood insurance rates for a structure built at flood elevation is 1.78%  versus 0.75% (basic insurance) and 0.13% versus 0.10% (additional insurance) , at $250,000 worth of coverage this lower first floor elevation will cost you over $675 per year more in insurance.