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Housing in Groton Connecticut

The Groton Housing Market

A recent study of the housing market in Groton completed by Camoine Associates considered a number of indicators including Economic & Demographic Trends, Housing Supply Analysis, Multi and Single Family Market Trends and a Housing Demand Analysis. The study is available on www.groton-ct.gov website. Shown here are some of the key conclusions.

“There is a market potential for 5,260 new housing units to be built in the Town of Groton from 2021 through 2030. Even if all proposed and current housing development projects were completed, representing 1,057 units, it would still leave a future opportunity for the development of 4,207 new units through 2030.”

“Demographics indicate the Town’s population will continue to shift older if current trends continue. The population age 65- plus is projected to increase by 625 households over the next five years, while the population under 65 is projected to decrease by 766 households.”

“Market characteristics and trends are highly favorable for both new single-family and multi-family development.”

“Capturing housing demand is critical to economic development and community vitality for the Town of Groton.”

Asset Limited Income Constrained Employed (ALICE) – Measuring Poverty in Connecticut – Low and Moderate Income Housing

For those family units that are ALICE it is seen as a more accurate measure of poverty than other indicators such as the Federal Poverty Level (FPL), HUD’s Area Median Income (AMI) and Medicaid’s Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). ALICE focuses on the basic costs of housing, childcare, food, transportation, health care and technology for urban, suburban, and rural areas.

ALICE in Connecticut: A Financial Hardship Study, 2020 Connecticut Report, Click here.

Groton Housing Authority (GHA)

The Groton Housing Authority (GHA), established in 1957, is the statutory housing authority for the Town of Groton. The GHA maintains and manages 174 units at two low- and moderate-income Elderly/Disabled housing properties in Groton, Pequot Village and Grasso Gardens. There are 104 units at Pequot Village and 70 at Grasso Gardens. The GHA is constantly looking for housing development opportunities across a spectrum of family income levels. The GHA’s offices are located at 770 Poquonnock Road, Groton, CT.

Greater Groton Realty Corporation (GGRC)

The Greater Groton Realty Corporation (GGRC) is a 501(c))(3) organization that is affiliated with and provides development services to the GHA. As a (c)(3) non-profit it can take advantage of tax credit financing opportunities greatly expanding our financial resources available to housing development and rehabilitation. If you have an interest in supporting housing in Groton. Refer to our ‘Get Involved‘ section, below.

Pequot Village Passive House Project

The Pequot Village Passive House Project is what the future of moderate affordable income housing looks like. It was completed by the GHA in 2021 and consists of 16 apartments in two new buildings. The outstanding features include energy efficient design, the use of geothermal and solar for heating and cooling and attractive New England style architecture. The 16 new apartments are envisioned as models for the additional redevelopment of the Pequot Village property and pending the acquisition of financing. GGRC, mentioned above, was instrumental in the development of the Pequot Village Passive House Project.

The buildings were designed using passive house design principles. Wall insulation is R30, ceilings are R52 and the insulation around the perimeter of the foundation slab is R10. Windows are triple glazed (R5), doors are insulated fiberglass. Each apartment was tested to verify minimum in-leakage of outside air. The apartments feature a dedicated air inlet system that brings the required exchange of fresh, filtered, and conditioned air. In addition, appliances are Energy Star rated, all lighting is LED and shower heads are rated 1.5 gal/min.

The geothermal system consists of ten, 400-foot-deep wells connected into six individual loops. Those loops are connected by a manifold resulting in a large single geothermal source field. Two buildings are currently connected with capacity for two more. Heat exchangers, in each building transfer the heat from the geothermal field to a condenser which provides both heating during the winter and cooling during the summer. Each apartment is heated and cooled by wall mounted air exchangers controlled by digital thermostats. Hot water is provided using a highly efficient air to air heat exchanger rather than electric heating coils.
The south side roof of each building is completely covered with the solar shingles. Approximately 1850 square feet per building. These provide supplemental electric power to the apartments.

Get Involved

Interested in financially supporting the GHA in future projects? Your charitable contributions to our low and moderate income developments can be fully tax deductible. Contact Executive Director Robert Cappelletti at rcappelletti@grotonhousingauthority.org for more information.