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Smart Growth Project: Concord Riverwalk, Concord

The Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance recognizes smart growth projects and planning/zoning initiatives across the Commonwealth. This project is one of many that were featured at our 2013 conference. See other examples

Concord Riverwalk

A “pocket neighborhood” consisting of 13 sustainably-built homes located along the Assabet River. The development has pedestrian connections to public transit and all houses face a shared park, fostering a sense of place for residents.

Opportunities: This project focuses on preserving open space, utilizing Low Impact Development (LID) strategies, and providing high-performance houses, designed to meet a Zero Net Energy (ZNE) standard.

Challenges: Development occurred during a time of poor housing sales, creating doubt as to the success of a unique style of housing development.

Project Team: Union Studio Architecture & Community Design, NOW Communities

Cost: $7.5 million

Square Feet/Units: 13 units

Funding Sources: Private

Contact: Steve Weikal, NOW Communities, [email protected]; Emily Hall, [email protected], (401) 272-4724, Union Studio Architecture & Community Design