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Cottages on Greene

East Greenwich, Rhode Island
Grouping of three cottage townhouses
Cottages at dusk
Cottages at dusk with central landscaped common areas.
Date 2010
Size 15 units on 0.85 acres, approximately 1,000 SF each
Cost $3.1M
  • American Planning Association Rhode Island Chapter Award Neighborhood Planning, 2011
  • CNU National Charter Award Honorable Mention, 2011

Located in the waterfront town of East Greenwich, these mixed-income condominiums are organized into a compact cottage court development. Although it appears to be a cluster of 1 1/2-story free-standing cottages, they are a mix of free-standing single units, attached duplexes, and a three-unit townhouse. This range of unit sizes was selected to provide attainable housing for new and existing residents looking for walkability and proximity to the bustling main street just blocks away.

The site plan is organized around a linear court with bioswales and rain gardens, used both for stormwater management and to define the landscape. Small bridges and boardwalks cross and re-cross the spillways. Common spaces within the court include informal community gardens anchored by a more formal common green. This green is a setting for neighborhood gatherings as well as the formal address on the public street.

The mix of cottage types and bioswale landscaping add character to this community.