Nashoba Valley Chamber announces dedication of Townsend Woods

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Join the Nashoba Valley Chamber of Commerce at a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house to celebrate the 36-Unit HUD 202 Affordable Elderly Housing Development, Townsend Woods, at 70 Dudley Road, Townsend.

The event will take place on Friday, Oct. 14; the open house and tours will run from 2 to 4 p.m. and the dedication and speaker program will begin at 2:30 p.m. concluding with a ribbon-cutting at 3:30 p.m.

Refreshments will be served.

Townsend Woods is a three-story, 34,000-square-foot building, designed to both complement the existing Atwood Acres facility next door and provide features that will enhance the quality of life for residents.

“The general contractors, Barr, Inc., and the architects for this building, Studio One, Inc., have done a fantastic job of creating a place that people will want to call home,” stated Paul Teixeira, vice president and chief program officer at RCAP Solutions. “Each one-bedroom apartment will have four rooms and a floor plan designed for comfort, safety and ease of mobility. The apartment entryways have their own light for enhanced visibility and security and a shelf to place personal belongings while unlocking the door. These are the types of thoughtful conveniences that have emerged from our many years of experience doing these kinds of projects,” he said.

It is anticipated that this green building will be the first HUD 202 Senior Housing Development in Massachusetts to be LEED-certified, an internationally recognized green building certification. Townsend Woods will also be an Energy Star-certified facility, meeting strict energy performance standardsset by the EPA, using less energy and causing fewer greenhouse gas emissions.

Teixeira said Townsend Woods is an important project for the town because it provides affordable housing for older adults who might otherwise need to relocate out of town when downsizing. “When seniors retire or lose a spouse, they sometimes find they can no longer afford to stay in the home they have lived in for many years. We provide them with an affordable option that’s comfortable, safe, and allows them to live within the income restrictions they have. Projects like this one help keep people connected to their community.”