Legacy Farms, a development in Hopkinton, MA is an open space, multi use community. As part of the planning board approval for this master plan development, they required fire sprinklers in one- and two-family homes.
The property is comprised of 700 acres. Zoning approval was for different types of uses; from retail, to restaurants, etc. The covenant required that the property maintain 500 acres of open space.
During the planning phase, the developer worked with the town to maximize the 250 acre space for residential use. To accomplish this it became necessary to cluster the homes, have narrower roads, longer dead ends. As a result, and as part of the planning board approval, fire sprinklers were required.
The builder of the project is Pulte Homes, part of PulteGroup, a company operating for more than 60 years. Today, PulteGroup operates in approximately 50 markets throughout the country. The builder is very familiar with residential fire sprinklers "because we build many communities with multifamily residences which is the majority of our business," said said Reid Blute, a representative for Pulte Homes.
A visit to the site, made possible by Chief Ken Clark of the Hopkinton Fire Department, offered a unique opportunity to see installations in completed homes, and in homes currently under construction. Mr. Blute indicated it is a work in progress and that "there is a learning curve by officials, inspectors, and even the fire service with these systems;" something that needs to be resolved to streamline the process and provide a positive experience for the builder.
Here's hoping that at the end of this large scale development Pulte Homes will walk away with a better understanding of the many benefits of fire sprinklers and will install them in all homes they sell.