Two visions for a new, affordable apartment complex near the YMCA and ice arena in Oak Bluffs on a wooded parcel of town-owned land known as the Southern Tier, had their first airings Friday before more than 80 people at a special meeting of the town select board.
A long-anticipated plan for affordable housing near the YMCA in Oak Bluffs is taking another step forward, with the top two developers bidding for the project’s initial phase.


The Oak Bluffs selectmen voted this week to complete a complicated, long-delayed land swap between the town and the Martha’s Vineyard Land Bank involving parcels in the Southern Woodlands.


The Oak Bluffs planning board approved an amended special permit to allow development of the subdivision to move forward, with conditions including a $700,000 affordable housing donation.

A 51-acre subdivision in Oak Bluffs will not require formal review by the Martha’s Vineyard Commission, but conditions, including to protect the Lagoon Pond, are being worked out.


A hefty contribution to affordable housing and strict limits on nitrogen are the two main elements of a deal struck late last week between the Oak Bluffs planning board and the buyers and sellers of a failed subdivision in the Southern Woodlands.