Greenfield developers look to create a community of tiny homes

It would all be built at 100 Deerfield Street

GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – There’s a “small” trend that’s gaining big ground in the housing market, tiny homes. They’re less than 400 square feet, they save owners money, and are often eco-friendly. Now, they could be making their way to Greenfield.

According to MJ Adams of Greenfield Community Development, “It’s a really unique opportunity, because you can talk about these ideas until you’re blue in the face, or you can have a real say and then you can move it into implementation.”

It would all be built at 100 Deerfield Street. This is all less than 1 acre of land, and if the city approves of an accessory unit ordinance, then this can become the community of 7 tiny homes.

Greenfield Community Development explained to residents Tuesday night this tiny homes center will only happen if people are interested, and if certain codes are met. The state requires tiny homes to be permanent. They also need to have electricity, drinkable water, and a sewage system.

Building inspector Louis Hasbrouck told 22News, “There’s not a minimum square footage in the Massachusetts code, but there are criteria that make the smallest manageable house somewhere around 250 square feet.”

In May, Hadley residents voted down zoning amendment that would have allowed Sarah Hastings to keep her 200 square-foot home on East Street. The house has since been removed.

On July 12th, the Town of Greenfield will decide whether to approve this tiny homes center.

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