Exterior view of Brook Street Special Needs Housing
Interior view of Brook Street Special Needs Housing

This new group home for eight developmentally disabled adults is situated on 1.2 acres in a residential neighborhood of Franklin. Requiring a comprehensive permit, the wood frame structure consists of two barrier-free four-bedroom staffed apartments. The design was thoughtfully modulated to help the building fit into the neighborhood and the occupants feel as "normal" as possible. Building massing, site design, roof design, and exterior materials were carefully considered to help reduce its perceived scale. On the inside, the design address the particular needs of the occupants while creating a homey environment. A family room and a parlor with cathedral ceilings, walk-in closets, and well-lit and generous hallways are interior features.