Williamstown condo project enters next phase

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WILLIAMSTOWN — Now that Cable Mills has been completed and its 61 apartments remain at nearly 100 percent occupancy, developers of the project intend to move forward with the next phase.

It includes construction of 20 condominiums in new buildings to be built south of the reclaimed mill, with the first units ready for occupation by early fall.

Construction has begun on the first eight units, according to Dave Traggorth, project developer with Traggorth Companies based in Boston. Six of the units will be in what the company is calling a Modern Mill. Two others will share a structure called The Riverhouses.

Both structures are located close to the banks of the Green River and will boast the same features that residents find so appealing with the Cable Mills apartments — large windows looking out on the river habitat, high ceilings, open floor plans and brick exteriors, Traggorth said.

Developers are confident of the potential to sell these new condos in the Cable Mills development based on how quickly the apartments were rented after completion.

Traggorth said the units will range from one to three bedrooms in 1,600- to 2,300-square-foot spaces. Sales prices will range from $600,000 to $900,000.

"We will soon have news as to our sales progress," Traggorth said. "Demand for apartments in Cable Mills has shown us that there is a robust demand for housing in the Northern Berkshires, especially when it is walkable to downtown. And this is a really unique option that doesn't exist anywhere else."

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Riverhouses will include two units, with large mill-style windows looking out of the river rushing by. The combination of the tall ceilings, open floor plans and large windows "takes the best that the mill buildings have to offer and adds contemporary features," Traggorth said.

"You'll really feel like the river is part of the home and the home is one with the river."

One of the Riverhouse units will have a tree in the living room, Traggorth noted. It will be planted in a planter space which is essentially an open hole in the foundation left for a tree to grow roots. The ceiling above the tree will also be open, and the tree itself will be surrounded by a glass enclosure. A glass door will allow access to the tree for maintenance.

"It's a very cool concept," he said.

Each unit will also feature outdoor decks. Landscaping will be maintained by property management.

With an investment of about $7.5 million, Traggorth said that once the first eight units are under contract, construction will start on the other 12 units, which have been designed to fit alongside the riverwalk that has already been completed.

The Riverhouses are expected to be completed in early fall, and the Millhouses later in the year.

Scott Stafford can be reached at sstafford@berkshireeagle.com or 413-629-4517.


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