Work has begun on sustainable, energy-efficient Hinckley Street homes

NORTHAMPTON – After 10 months of planning, a groundbreaking ceremony October 12th marked the start of construction of 4 single-story duplexes to be built to the highest standards of energy efficiency and healthy green construction.

The project, known as Hinckley Trace, is being developed by New Harmony Properties, LLC, a business owned by Jonathan and Meg Kelsey Wright, and will be built by Wright Builders, Inc., of Northampton. The duplexes will be built on Hinckley Street in Florence.

The groundbreaking October 12th, with remarks by City Mayor David Narkewicz and members of the project team kick started the the construction phase which is expected to take about 12 months, with the first homes available in early fall 2017.  Each single-story duplex contains two units.

These one floor homes with cathedral ceilings, in two and three bedroom configurations, are being built to the highest standards of sustainability and healthy green construction. Each home has a private entry, covered porch, patio, two baths and either two or three bedrooms.  Using superior building envelope design and testing, and Mitsubishi mini-split heat pumps for heating and cooling, the homes will be net zero energy ready.  Energy recovery ventilation will provide a healthy interior environment.

A trace is a less commonly used word for a pathway made over time by the passage of humans or animals.  In this case, Hinckley Trace further reflects the commitment and pathway to a sustainable future, which are hallmarks of this developer and the builder.

Inspired building design by Charles Roberts, AIA of Kuhn Riddle Architects, coupled with imaginative site and landscape design for this reused in-town site, along with extensive native plantings, Hinckley Trace will create a small, refreshing and comfortable community of homes.

The project, with its focus on smaller homes and a wide range of potential buyers, brings together the developer’s more than four decades in sustainable construction, and reflects the City’s planning guidelines towards infill and utilization of existing infrastructure.

Bridget Goggins at Goggins Real Estate (413) 320-7055 is handling the sales.