Municipal and Government Projects

Town of West Bridgewater
40B Technical Consultant under an MHP Grant to the Town of West Bridgewater Zoning Board of Appeals, West Bridgewater, MA. Proposed project 139 homes and currently 89 single family homes located off of Maple Street. Decision expected in September 2016.

City of Somerville Housing Needs Assessment
The City of Somerville hired LDS Consulting Group, LLC (LDS) in August 2015 to prepare a Housing Needs Assessment in compliance with requirements of the City of Somerville’s Inclusionary Zoning Ordinance (IZO). The purpose of the Housing Needs Assessment (HNA) required under Somerville’s IZO was to identify the supply and demand for affordable housing in Somerville and to see if the current ordinance can be improved.

Town of Framingham, MA
LDS was part of an interdisciplinary study team including MAPC, RKG Associates and the Cecil Group looking at the potential feasibility of TOD in Framingham, MA.  LDS’s work included examining population statistics, housing statistics, supply and demand for rental and homeownership units and conducting an inventory of downtown businesses.  LDS also participated in several stakeholder meetings.  The goal of the work was to make recommendations to the town for potential rezoning, public and traffic improvements to further improve the economy of downtown Framingham.

Conway, MA Senior Housing Study and Financial Feasibility
The purpose of the study was to examine the affordable housing supply and demand for senior housing in Conway, Massachusetts. The study looked at senior housing demographics and the current housing options available to seniors in Conway. In addition to the senior housing market study, LDS conducted a senior housing consumer survey to Conway households with occupants over age 55 with a 43% response rate. LDS then provided pro-forma development numbers for a senior housing ownership and rental alternatives for a property owned by the Town of Conway.

Hingham Affordable Housing Trust
LDS was the 40B and development consultant to the HAHTOur work included assisting on the vision for the site and preparing the financial pro-formas and the LIP application for an 8 unit homeownership project, with 2 affordable units of small single family homes as well as taking the lead on the RFP process to find a third party developer.   A lot of LDS’s time was been spent on helping the Trust understand the economics of the transaction, and to create a project that will be achievable.  We also took the lead on the community process and attended a meeting with the Board of Selectman as well as public meeting for abutters.  In addition, we worked hard to keep Trust members focused on their goals.  We pride ourselves in the skill of recognizing Trust member’s contributions, while gently steering them back to the task at hand.

The HAHT received its site plan approval letter from DHCD in less than 60 days and DHCD staff stated that they will use the development as a model for other developers.  LDS also prepared the filing with the ZBA for the comprehensive permit that was submitted in early June 2011 and the ZBA vote favorably for the development in the fall of 2011.  Then the Trust asked LDS to assist with writing an RFP for a third party developer to build the development and run the RFP process, which RFP was issued in April 2012.  The RFP received of three-dozen inquiries, six proposals from qualified bidders, narrowed the field to 3 development teams for interviews that were held on May 30, 2012.  LDS prepared the questions for the trust for the interviews, and has been asked to follow up on references for the lead bidder.  The project will break ground in spring 2013.

Boxford Senior Study
In order to acquire insight on interest level and preferences regarding the potential building of a new senior housing facility on the Haynes Land Site, LDS Consulting Group conducted a survey of the over sixty-five population currently living in Boxford, MA.  We mailed approximately 866 cover letters and surveys and received 237 surveys, over a 28% response rate that is considered statistically significant.   In addition to the survey, LDS provided a report including demographics analysis of the senior population in the community by age and income, and reviewed homeownership supply in Boxford.  The next step is creating a business model for the development of the Property.

Southbridge Downtown Study
 As technical assistance consultant for the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Developments Massachusetts Downtown Initiative Program, LDS worked with the Department of Economic Development and Planning for the Town of Southbridge.  The study examined vacant building issues in the downtown area.   Our work included interviewing stakeholders as well as recipients of façade grants to identify barriers to creating affordable housing in the downtown.  The report examined issues and solutions and provided funding mechanisms in the form of a resource guide and a case study.  LDS also gave a public presentation of its findings and recommendations to local business owners.  A person attending the LDS case study presentation contacted a developer who has since bought the building.  The developer plans to completely renovate the building for mixed-use affordable housing over retail with the assistance of HDSP funding.  It will be the first LEED certified building in Southbridge.