Micro-Apartments: Boston’s Housing Solution Or Developers’ Cash Cow? | WBUR

Micro-Apartments: Boston’s Housing Solution Or Developers’ Cash Cow? | WBUR.

What do you think? Could Dennis, especially in its village centers, benefit from “Micro-Apartments”?

An Old Motel Problem

I posted earlier about a problem we have with old motels which became “motels in condominium form of ownership.” As I noted, these properties, while under zoning continued to be motels and are required to comply with all the normal motel operational requirements, hardly meet those standards.

Economic Development Committee will be talking about this issue. I am looking to find out if they feel if this is an important issue, or one we should just leave alone.

Your participation at the EDC Meeting is appreciated. The Meeting will occur in the Town Hall Annex Conference Room (corner of Bob Crowell Road and Route 134) at 9 am, Thursday July18th.

Following up on a recent post

Recently I posted about Durham NH and a piano being placed in a public place for anyone passing by to sit down at and play a tune, not this from the Boston Common:

Piano on Common

Can we find an old piano anywhere for Dennisport?

Some Interesting History on Camper’s Haven

Don Robitaille passed these on to me over the weekend. Camper’s Haven apparently originally consisted of two locations. The site of today’s Camper’s Haven and the site of the existing Haigis Beach, known also as Pettingill’s Trailer Park at the time of the town’s acquisition of the site.

The cost of Beach Front Property in 1962? all of $35,000.

Campers Haven 2 Campers Haven 1

Heritage Sands – A Work in Progress

Sometimes we work real hard on a project, never get the chance to see it through to the end. Dennisport Village Center is progressing with many more new additions coming this Spring and Summer. We have much happening in other parts of Dennis right now and I really need to go take a few pictures of all that is going on.  Progress is being made at the Cumberland Farms and former Christine’s property towards redeveloping these sites, but I have not gotten out to take any pictures.  For now, the work at Heritage Sands will have to do.

Heritage Sands as it was:



Heritage Sands as it is now:


Courtesy of Heritage Sands


Heritage Sands as it will be:



Small houses in expensive suburbs – News – Boston.com

For some time now I have been working on a proposal to bring down-sized housing as a reuse of an industrial site in Dennisport. The linked feature from the Boston Globe provides a little more food for thought on this idea. http://www.boston.com/realestate/news/2013/03/05/small-houses-expensive-towns/VzWti8CnSWjoVevAQ7fF4J/pictures.html

Work Set To Begin At Heritage Sands

After the conclusion of last Thursday night’s Selectmen’s Meeting everything was in place for Cape Cod’s first new cottage colony in half a century [link]. On Friday morning the realtor for the project announced they were ready to start accepting reservations for purchasing cottages. Contracts for construction will be available soon thereafter.


Of even greater significance, permits have been issued by the Dennis Building Department to begin demolition and site preparation. Soon Dennisport will be the beneficiary of its largest new venture since, well since Summit Partners bought into its future in the downtown.

The village has come a long way in the 13 years I have now been here. Going out of business signs have been replaced with a Main Street full of hope. That hope is now expanding to the rest of the village.

Heritage Sands

Here are some of the site improvement benefits I listed last night at the Board of Selectmen’s Meeting:

*  Removal of structures from the Velocity Zones located on the property;

*  All structures on the property constructed to flood zone standards;

*  Removal of cesspools from the coastal dunes;

*  Removal of structures/RV’s from the coastal dunes;

*  Improved setbacks from property boundaries and coastal dunes;

*  Removal of structures/RV’s which encroach in a deeded right-of-way;

*  State of the art waste water treatment including nitrogen removal;

*  Reductions in overall traffic generation from the property;

*  Lot coverage reduced;

*  Storm water controlled on-site; and

*  Building Heights of 25 feet where pre-rezoning 35 feet was allowed.

All of these match up to one or more of the policy objectives found in the Regional Policy Plan. For instance, the building height ties to the objective of not promoting mansionization and pursuing Cape Cod vernacular in building design.