Waterville Council votes to sell Old 470 steam locomotive

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WATERVILLE — City councilors Tuesday voted 3-3 to sell the Old 470 steam locomotive for sale to New England Steam Corp. for $25,000, with Mayor Karen Heck breaking the tie by voting in favor of the sale.

New England Steam wants to move the engine to Ellsworth, restore it and use it for excursions on the Downeast Scenic Railroad.

Organization President Richard Glueck said his organization is trying to raise the $1.5 to $1.75 million officials believe it will cost to do the work.

New laws could unlock tens of thousands of apartments

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The city has been pushing development on recalcitrant communities while ignoring policy solutions that could ease the housing crisis without costing a dime, housing experts said Tuesday at a Crain’s Getting Ready for 9 Million conference.

The city is on track to reach 9 million people by 2040, which translates into a need for 350,000 more apartments. While the de Blasio administration has called for new towers around transit nodes, panelists said allowing more basement apartment experts NYC and moving tenants into appropriately sized units would house many additional New Yorkers.

“We speak about building bigger … and we get angry if communities don’t like it or raise questions, but we don’t speak about creating a path for legalizing basements in small homes,” said Jerilyn Perine, head of the nonprofit Citizens Housing and Planning Council and former commissioner of the city’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development, “[anywhere from] 50,000 to 100,000 that could be put into the marketplace.”

MCSS Self Storage Expands Development Reach in South Florida

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Update 2/14/17 – MCSS has purchased a property in Davie, Fla., on which it plans to build a self-storage facility. The parcel at 5678 S. University Drive is the 12th development site in South Florida the company has acquired, according to a press release.

The facility will comprise 100,000 net rentable square feet of storage space in more than 1,000 climate-controlled units. It will be managed by a national real estate investment trust.

“This puts MCSS on track to reaching its goal of 15 to 20 urban-infill public storage Brickell projects in South Florida,” Massirman said.