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Gov. Baker seeking offers to develop unused state land

October 19, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker is unveiling a plan he says will help encourage the development of unused or underused state-owned properties into new opportunities for affordable or market-rate housing, economic development, or recreational open space.

Baker said Monday that as one of Massachusetts’ largest property owners, state government has an opportunity to use its underutilized real estate to build housing and conserve open space, while driving economic growth.

Baker pointed to more than 40 initial properties the state is seeking to develop.

They include opportunities in Boston to invest in what the administration called “high value properties for retail and housing.”

Other properties include parcels in Northampton and major development parcels near highways in Plymouth, Carver and Taunton.

Baker outlined the opportunities for the public-private partnerships at an open house Monday.

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