By Emily Clark
Posted Feb. 5, 2016 at 6:00 PM
PLYMOUTH – The Pinehills has won the top honor doled out by the National Association of Homebuilders. Yes, it’s a national award, not just a regional one, and it confirms suspicions that The Pinehills is, indeed, one of the crown jewels of America’s Hometown. It is now considered the crown residential jewel of the entire country. Many praise Pinehills LLC President John Judge and Pinehills LLC Managing Partner Tony Green for working with the town to make this development the best scenario for this precious region of Plymouth. Here’s a rundown of the award and what it means.
The National Association of Homebuilders honors developments with the Best in American Living Awards and has named The Pinehills as the Best Community in the United States. Pinehills LLC Managing Partner Tony Green accepted the award in Las Vegas last month.
One of the judges remarked, “It creates a total community that respects the topography and environment with a quintessential New England feel. It is the whole package.”
The award was actually one of three conferred upon the community. In addition to “Community of the Year,” The Pinehills also won Platinum as the “Best Mixed Use Community, Suburban,” and was a finalist in the “Best Green” category.
The Pinehills is a mixed-use community that includes 1.3 million square feet of commercial space and 3,065 homes, all of which occupy 30 percent of the parcel, leaving more than 2,200 acres of open space preserved. Eleven builders are constructing homes ranging from condominiums, apartment and 55-and older residences to custom homes, townhouses and cottages.
Plymouth rakes in more than $13 million in taxes annually from The Pinehills, which boasts a self-sustaining model that costs the town little in services. The community has been so successful for both the town, the owners and its residents that other cities and towns are copying the model.
Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito visited the community last year to have a look at the New England prototype for herself.
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