Village Hill projects gain Planning Board approval

From Daily Hampshire Gazette
Friday, January 25, 2008
by Andrew Horton

Plans for the future “smart growth” development of the north campus of the former Northampton State Hospital are taking shape.

On Thursday, the Planning Board approved two housing projects proposed by Wright Builders, for what is now called Village Hill.

One project, called Eastview, is expected to develop 12 condominium, market-rate townhouse units in three buildings, all within a single two-thirds of an acre parcel of Village Hill.

Eastview – which would be located at the corner of Olander Drive and Moser Street – is expected to be pedestrian-friendly and will include walkways and bicycle racks.

Another neighborhood, called Morningside, will call for the construction of 11 market-rate single family homes just across the street from Eastview along Olander Drive. Each home in Morningside is expected to include a garage, front porch, back deck, and adjoining private backyard patio. The Morningside homes will also share a common sidewalk running along Olander Drive.

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