Smart Growth Project: Concord Riverwalk, ConcordMay 12, 2014
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.
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