EASTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – A new affordable housing complex in Easthampton is “going green.”
When driving by Parson Village, it might look like your average apartment complex, but the buildings are all energy efficient and “solar ready.”
Parson’s Village has 38 units, all of which were designed with “green products.” The apartments, for example, have vinyl windows, which are better insulated than regular windows to keep heat in.
Parson’s Village was designed by Valley Community Development Corporation. Joanne Campbell, the Executive Director of Valley CDC, told 22News the apartments were designed to use 53 to 60 percent less energy than a standard home. “We originally designed the site to take advantage of passive solar situation, also we have 12 inch walls, so it’s highly energy-efficient.”
Michael Dionne from Parson Village Family Housing said, “The stuff that they have in these complexes, to make you breathe easier and this and that, it’s just wonderful.”
The new community is for families who earn between $25,000 and $50,000 per year. Families renting the apartments are expected to be all moved in by the end of the month.