Crafts Avenue housing project in Northampton wins Planning Board OK; decision on new hotel delayed

Published: 8/25/2023 4:49:45 PM

NORTHAMPTON — The Planning Board approved a site plan Thursday for a six-story affordable housing project at 27 Crafts Ave., clearing a key hurdle for the 30-unit building to rise from behind City Hall in the coming years.

Valley Community Development Corporation’s $16.6 million project would be located on a parcel that currently consists of a staircase leading to a parking lot behind City Hall and connecting to the city’s Puchalski Municipal Building.

Preliminary plans show the average size for the apartments would be 327 square feet. The building would also feature bicycle storage rooms, a laundry room and offices for property management, resident services, and maintenance staff on-site.

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