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||Demonstration Site: Churchill Homes|
With financial assistance from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, PATH has joined forces with the Holyoke (Massachusetts) Housing Authority to develop a mixed income community of energy- and resource-efficient townhouses and flats. The newly announced demonstration project is known as Churchill Homes, and is being produced under HUD's HOPE VI program. The project is currently proceeding through the preliminary, schematic design stages of development, and incorporates a range of PATH building systems and technologies. Demolition of existing structures, which include over 200 World War II era public housing units that have fallen into disrepair, is slated to begin shortly. In their place, a stable mixed-income community will take shape, consisting of 272 affordable, value-engineered homes. Of these, it's anticipated that approximately two-thirds will be owner occupied with the remainder designated as rental units. Some units will be constructed off site in order to decrease population densities and allow for the inclusion of common areas. Phase I is scheduled for completion by the summer of 2000, and will include 50 rentals and 60 owner-occupied units, a park, and a community center.