“35 Main Street Extension” finally has an official name! The nearby North Harwich Cemetery was used as a source of inspiration to decide on “Thankful Chases Pathway.”
The project has successfully received all town, county and state funding commitments.
The development team of A&E Architects, John Reilly and Associates, and the Valle Group, along with the Community Development Partnership’s Housing Development Department, has been moving towards a begin-construction date of Fall 2009.
Thanks to a grant from the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, called the Green Affordable Homes Program, administered through the Cape Light Compact, the newly constructed units will have photovoltaics on the south facing roofs which will enable the development to produce its own electricity. Through a credit allocation program with N-Star the residents will directly benefit from the renewable, solar energy resource by greatly reduced electricity bills.
Funding from this grant has also made it possible for the project to register with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design; “LEED” provides a set of internationally recognized sustainable building practices and a rating system to verify and score a building’s “green” performance level. The project is registered in the LEED for Homes program through the U.S. Green Building Council and is currently on track to receive the Silver Rating. Once the project moves closer to the begin construction date the LEED-H checklist, which helps track both gained and possible points, will become more accurate to reflect the project’s actual rating. The development team is aggressively pursuing each and every point and hopes to bring the project to the Gold Rating. The process and development of the checklist will be updated and posted on this website in the coming months and through completion of project. Click here for the most recent Simplified LEED for Homes checklist.
Rebates and incentives through Energy Star Programs have made highly efficient boilers possible as well.
Thanks to funding through Community Based Housing two of the units will be fully handicap accessible, equipped with roll-in, rimless showers, 66” minimum turning radius in kitchens for power wheelchairs or scooters, levered door handles, and more. All units will have “visitability” features making it easier for the elderly and handicapped to visit all of the units. For a complete list of features which will be incorporated, as feasible, please visit: www.mass.gov .
Other sources of funding and support which have made this project possible include: Harwich Special Revenue Fund, Harwich CPA Fund, Barnstable County HOME Fund, Department of Housing and Community Development, Affordable Housing Trust Fund, Massachusetts Housing Partnership and CEDAC.
The Community Development Partnership would also like to recognize and thank the residents of Harwich; this project would not be possible without their input and continued support.
Click to view photographs of construction progress: Thankful Chases Pathway Photo Gallery
For more information about this and other CDP Housing Development projects, contact Abigail Chapman, Housing Development, Project Manager, at 508-240-7873 ×23, or by email.
Last updated: March 26, 2012