The Governor George D. Robinson Apartments encompasses five developments located on contiguous sites located off of Meetinghouse Road in the Willimansett section of the City of Chicopee. These apartments on Robinson Drive, Grocki Drive, Peloquin Drive and Volpe Drive are named in honor of George Dexter Robinson, an early Mayor of our city and Governor of the Commonwealth. There are 222 one bedroom units located at this site which is funded by the State. 142 of the units are funded under Chapter 667, a Massachusetts statute providing for housing for the elderly and handicapped.
The 80 one bedroom units on located on Volpe Drive have been converted to Chapter 705 under which the CHA provides housing to low-income persons who are not eligible as elders. This portion of the development was constructed in 1969 at a cost of $12,125.00 per unit.
The 36 apartments on Robinson Drive are CHA project 667-1. Constructed in 1956 at a cost of $9,947.37 per unit under Chapter 667 this is the first housing development for the elderly in the City of Chicopee. Occupancy of the apartments in January 1957 made this the first Chapter 667 development completed in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.