Depot Village in Hanson, Massachusetts is the first family-affordable housing development in the area. On average, the wait list for Section 8 housing in the Hanson area is eight years; as such, Depot Village provides much-needed, quality housing for an underserved and growing population whose household income is typically between 60% and 100% of the median area income.
Depot Village was designed to Passive House standards, a performance-based certification that focuses on dramatic reduction of energy use for heating and cooling. An early adopter, Dakota is one of the nation’s most active Passive House developers of affordable housing with close to a dozen projects currently under construction or in development.
Like many Dakota communities, Depot Village is transit-oriented – located just steps from the MBTA commuter rail stop, which is Hanson’s only available form of public transportation. The station is accessible via a lighted path and a new 25 foot footbridge built by Dakota. The community features 48 affordable rental units in one large building, consisting of 12 one-bedroom apartments, 31 two-bedroom apartments and 5 three-bedroom apartments. It is also within walking distance from several small retail and service amenities along Route 27.
Total Development Costs: $17 million
Financing Partners: Bank of America, Massachusetts DHCD, MA Housing Partnership, Mass Housing