Valley Community Development has 160 units of affordable housing in its pipeline. These include a wide variety of housing types, from single-person studio rentals to first-time homeownership housing. The size of each development ranges from 20 units to 60 units. Locations in Northampton, Amherst, and Hadley are under consideration.
Valley is conducting an affordable housing pre-development study in Easthampton, with the goal of identifying a suitable affordable housing location in the coming 18 months.
Prospect Place — 737 Bridge Road, Northampton, MA
Valley is advancing designs for the redevelopment of 737 Bridge Road (Prospect Place) to create 60 affordable apartments. The City of Northampton has committed $1M to date for this development and is set to approve a Smart Growth Overlay District (40R) for this location.
Design work is focused on integrating neighbor comments, producing highly livable apartments for families, and creating a near zero net energy property that eliminates the use of fossil fuels.
23 Laurel Street, Northampton, MA
In late August, Valley received unanimous Planning Board approval for a zoning permit for 23 Laurel Street — 20 new-construction affordable townhouse apartments.
Above: Site Plan rendering by Berkshire Design Group
Above: Typical building renderings by Austin Design, Inc.
EconoLodge, Hadley, MA
Valley received a Letter of Support from the Hadley Selectboard for its proposed conversion of the Econo Lodge on Route 9 in Hadley into 50 affordable studio and one-bedroom apartments.
The following steps include zoning approval and plan development.
Ball Lane Community Homes — North Amherst, MA
Ball Lane Community Homes is a proposed affordable homeownership development which will create an estimated 30 homes on an 8.33-acre property in North Amherst. Twenty of the homes will be deed restricted to income-eligible households, and ten homes will be sold at market rate. The development will be duplex condominiums clustered around shared open spaces, and shared parking arrangements will minimize vehicular traffic and emphasize pedestrian connections.
Valley acquired the site in August 2022 and is currently in the design phase. Valley presented the first schematic site and building plans at the District One Neighborhood Association BBQ in September 2022 (see below photos) with our design team, Peter Flinker from Dodson & Flinker Associates, and Tom Chalmers from Austin Design Cooperative, Inc.