NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WGGB) — Northampton is one of Massachusetts official green communities for its commitment to energy conservation.
Friday, the city took another step forward in its effort to go green.
Mayor David Narkewicz lead a group of state and community leaders in cutting the ribbon for the gatehouse, a commercial building in the project known as village hill.
The development of the former state hospital property includes a combination of residential, light industrial, and commercial use.
Friday, The gatehouse became the first commercial building on the site and the emphasis is on going green.
“There’s been a strong commitment to energy efficiency. This building is super energy efficient. All of the homes that have been built here are built to lead standards, so it’s really part of the ethic of Northampton,” says Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz.
Fazzi Associates is one of the tenants of the new building.
“We’re ecstatic to be here. We’ve been growing and growing from one or two people now we’re at 80 we expect to be over 100 sometime next year and we ran out of space and this is an ideal space for us,” adds Bob Fazzi.
The 126-acre mixed use community is located less than a mile from downtown Northampton and is designed to be a pedestrian-friendly neighborhood of homes and businesses.
Besides the gatehouse commercial building, there was another groundbreaking involving 28 new units of housing at Village Hill.
The old Northampton State Hospital was officially closed down in 1993.