Braintree population projected to grow

By Fred Hanson | The Patriot Ledger | June 4, 2014

BRAINTREE – In 15 years, the town’s population could jump by as much as 17 percent with fewer families with children and more residents over the age of 65. That’s the conclusion of a report “Envision Braintree” done by Lauren Costello and Barry Bluestone of the Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy at Northeastern University. Bluestone, the founding director of the center and a professor of political economy, presented the findings to about 40 people at town hall Wednesday night. The audience included many members of the town council, school committee and planning board as well as some town department heads. He estimates the town’s population would top 40,000 by 2030, as high as 41,857 given a strong economy. Bluestone said that growth will require more and “a different type of housing,” with demand for multi-family developments and accessory apartments in existing homes. The report notes more than 300 multi-family units have been developed in town over the past year, far exceeding the umber of single family homes. “Every community in Greater Boston should be doing what Braintree is doing,” Bluestone said. “Most are not.” He said there will be a slight increase in the number of school-age children in the next few years, not enough to drive any new school construction. The biggest need will be for services for people over the age of 65. Sullivan said the report gives officials some ideas to use in planning for the town’s future. “We have the ability to use this information in a positive way to compile our road map,” the mayor said. Sullivan said this was the first of three meetings on the town’s future. The second on the town’s police department will be held at 7 p.m. June 11 at town hall, and a third on education will be held sometime this summer, the mayor said.

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