Q: Are there other other successful community greenhouses in New England?
A: There are several. The Dudley Greenhouse outside of Boston serves hunderds of community members. To read more: https://thefoodproject.org/farms/dudley-greenhouse/
Q. Does a community greenhouse impact the value of nearby properties?
A: We have not found a study that specifically looks at the impact of a community greenhouse on property values, however there are a number of studies that have concluded that community gardens actually increase the value of properties in surrounding neighborhoods. Here are a relevant studies:
Study on the impacts of community gardens on property values. Viki Been, New York University Law School, 2006:
Whitepaper on community gardens and community development. Jane Schukoske, 2000:
Q: Is the greenhouse going up soon?
A: The community greenhouse is a large-scale project. It is anticipated that it will take 18-24 months to engineer and construct, once a site has been identified.
Q: Has a site for the greenhouse been selected?
A: After carefully evaluating multiple public and private sites, using a comprehensive matrix of qualifying factors, CCG&G has identified two suitable sites. Both sites are properties owned by the Town of Chester. CCG&G has identified property behind the Academy Building near the village green as the preferred site. The Town of Chester Select Board has issued a formal letter of intent allowing CCG&G to reconstruct and operate the community greenhouse on one of the two properties. A public hearing will be held by the select board before it formally offers a long-term lease of the selected property to CCG&G. CCG&G is grateful to the Town of Chester Select Board for its support.