Condos Replacing Mass. Campground
A 61-unit condominium project for people age 55 or older is going up on a 40-acre parcel in Rochester, Mass., the site of the former Knight and Look Campground.
The developers of The Pines at Hathaway Pond have built 27 of the 61 units planned since starting construction in 2005, said Erin Zell, marketing consultant for T.M. Zell Development Co. Inc. in Middleboro, according to SouthCoastToday.com, New Bedford.
"We were hoping the project probably would have been three-quarters or half done," Zell said.
Nevertheless, they still are finding interest in the condos and are moving forward. The challenge is people who want to move into over-55 housing have to wait longer to sell their current houses, due to the weak housing market, she said.
Of the 27 units built, 23 were sold and are occupied, and four others are "spec" units.
Developers are waiting to line up buyers before constructing more.
The former campground was sometimes at the center of controversy, with allegations of drug dealing, health concerns about allegedly illegal cesspools and overcrowding. The occasional contentiousness associated with the old campground has gone away, and the new development has been a success, said Randall H. Kunz, Rochester's town planner.