Last summer, ground was broken in Chelsea, Mass., to construct the nation’s first Green House designed for an urban setting.The Leonard Florence Center for Living will be home to 100 residents living in 10-room Green House apartments in a building on Admiral’s Hill overlooking Boston Harbor.
In another first, two of the Green House apartments will be dedicated to individuals with multiple sclerosis (MS) and Lou Gherig’s Disease (ALS). The University of Massachusetts Lowell’s Assistive Technology Program has designed mobile technologies that will allow residents with advanced MS or ALS to navigate through their home, down the elevator and out the front door using only their eye muscles.
One of Leonard Florence’s future residents, Steve Sailing, is an architect who was diagnosed with ALS in 2006. Steve helped advise the architectural firm designing his future home to meet the needs of residents with ALS. Below is a video featuring Steve and others who will be moving into the Leonard Florence Center for Living next year.