Hillside Affordable Housing Project Great Barrington, MA

The Hillside Affordable Housing project was built by the Community Development Corporation of South Berkshire. With volunteer work that Dana contributed in the early stages of the project, the CDC succeeded in organizing the town to vote to give the land to a developer for the purpose of building affordable housing.  Once the CDC was named as developer, schematic design work was completed, zoning permits were obtained, and financing was obtained which enabled the project to move forward.  The zoning permit was done under Chapter 40b, the MA zoning statue that encourages the construction of affordable housing. The scope of the project included ten affordable housing units in three buildings

The site is a very steeply sloping property that presented unique and challenging design issues. The design solution created a village-like “street” with a pathway and steps up the hill, with each of the three buildings connecting to this path.  The project was built with a hybrid of modular and stick frame construction methods, and is Energy Star certified.

Construction of was completed in June of 2009. Allegrone Construction was the construction manager, and Foresight Land Services was the site engineer.

For more information about this project click on this link from the CDC web site:

www.cdcsb.org/projects/hillside-avenue