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Hyannis

June 11, 2006
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Hyannis
Miles from Boston 69
Population 15,968
Median house price $300,000 (January-April)
Tax rate $6.31, fire district tax $1.61 and 3 percent community preservation tax
Transportation Routes 28, 132. Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority, Barnstable Municipal Airport
MCAS 10th-graders ranked 156 in English and 133 in math among 278 systems, according to a Globe analysis of 2005 results. Third-graders ranked 130 out of 299 systems in reading. Sixth-graders ranked 136 out of 306 systems in math.
Census facts Median family income is $52,414 (nationally: $50,046).
Website town.barnstable.ma.us

HYANNIS -- This place, it is a-changing.

``It is clearly undergoing a renaissance," said Robert Smith, counsel for the town of Barnstable; Hyannis is one of seven ``villages" in the Cape Cod town.

Known as the place to catch the ferry to the Cape Islands, depart for a fishing trip, or visit the John F. Kennedy Museum, Smith said Barnstable wants to concentrate its economic development here. He said an unprecedented agreement with the Cape Cod Commission creating a ``growth incentive zone" that will be regulated by the community, not the commission, is critical to that goal.

``We have high hopes for this working as an attractor of really good, high quality development," Smith said of the zoning change.

In recent years, the town has spent millions upgrading sewers, building the brick ``walkway to the sea" that connects Main Street with the harbor, and for other infrastructure needs. Next, the town hopes to convert the unused National Guard armory to a performing arts center, said Smith.

Hyannis includes Hyannisport, site of the Kennedy compound.

On a recent week, Realtor.com listed 200 single-family homes, from $189,900 for a two-bed, 1 1/2-bath, 963-square-foot home to $1.3 million for a three-bed, four-bath 3,200-square-foot home.

JOHN RICHARDSON ELLEMENT

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