MassLive: Springfield dispute over homeless apartments spreads from Housing Court to Massachusetts building code experts

By Peter Goonan

SPRINGFIELD — A dispute between the city and the Center for Human Development regarding homeless housing in lower Forest Park, has spread from the halls of Housing Court to an appeal before a state board that oversees the building code.

Specifically, CHD, a nonprofit agency that provides shared (co-shelter) apartments for the homeless, has filed an appeal with the state Board of Building Regulations and Standards, challenging the city’s claim that CHD changed the use of an apartment building in violation of the state building code. The 11-member board has oversight powers and expertise on the state building code.

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