City of Agawam Pushes Forward with New Affordable Housing Project Rosewood Way

January 10, 2024

The town’s 11-member City Council voted unanimously last month to approve a proposed Housing Protection Plan shaped during a year of work with the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission that included surveys of residents. The plan was developed because residents, especially young people and seniors, have been unable to find affordable housing due to the lack of availability.

“With the implementation of this plan, we, as a town, can gain protection from other (outside developers),” states Corinne Wingard, former city councilor working with the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission.

In July 2023, Rosewood Way, a mixed-income, affordable housing project funded by MassHousing and developed by the nonprofit Wayfinders, was approved in Agawam. Allegrone Co. , in partnership with Dietz & Company Architects, are the Architect and Builder for Rosewood Way.

Rosewood Way is a 40B project and is slated to help the town meet its affordable housing goal — as identified by the plan — to produce 62 units of such housing per year.

“We need more housing that is affordable to all,” said Wingard, “(This plan) suits Agawam and it meets our needs.”