316 State Road, Great Barrington, MA
The Forest Springs site is a successful housing development on a beautiful tree-lined road surrounded by the Berkshire Mountains. To meet the critical need for affordable housing in the Berkshires, Construct built Forest Springs for individuals and families struggling to secure stable homes. Priority for the 11 one-to-three bedroom units is given to families transitioning from homelessness and people living with developmental and mental health disabilities.
- 5 units are subsidized for households of 30-50% of median income.
- 6 units are for households of 60% of median income.
- 2 of the units are ADA accessible and 2 are modified for those with sensory impairment.
Established in 2017, the development includes three building complexes, each with three or four townhouse-style units. All buildings are energy efficient, approaching net zero. A rooftop solar array contributes to energy savings. The site is landscaped with native plants and evergreens. There are shared gardens where residents cultivate food, flowers and friendship. Nearby, a sandbox and swing set provide children with a safe place to play.
Within walking distance to town, Forest Springs is perfectly situated, offering easy access to shopping and amenities. An agreement with the BRTA allows for on-call bus pick-up and drop-off. Surrounding mountain views beckon, and peaceful hiking trails are easily accessible for birding and exploration. There are also walking paths for the disabled.In the words of one resident, “Within the development, there is a feeling of quiet, privacy, community, friendship and respect. Construct had the Berkshire Greenagers put in raised garden beds for us. That was a brilliant idea. It is a place where we gather and exchange gardening tips and shoot the breeze. One of the men was watering his garden today as I did mine and he began talking about his granddaughter and the Riverwalk. He showed me his poblano pepper and gave me one of his many yellow tomatoes. Best of all, he offered me encouragement about my garden. After all, I’m a city/townie girl who has never gardened before.”