Lincoln, MA – A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held recently to celebrate the opening of Oriole Landing, a 60-unit mixed-income community.
Designed by Civico Development, with Olinger Architects serving as the architect of record, and constructed by Bald Hill Builders, Oriole Landing is comprised of two three-story, 30-unit buildings which incorporate elements of a New England-style farmhouse. The historic Dexter C. Harris house, built in 1873, was restored and relocated between the residential buildings, and serves as a garden house with a large gathering and studio space for community use.
Civico worked closely with officials of the town to help Lincoln achieve its affordable housing objectives, aided greatly by a $1 million loan from the Lincoln Affordable Housing Trust to create 15 affordable apartments. These units will remain affordable in perpetuity for renters making 80% of area median income.
This project integrates rural living into a modern apartment community. Oriole Landing’s residents can grow fresh, local food – assisted by an onsite professional agriculturist – and walk the extensive trail network from their front door. The pet-friendly development also features a community courtyard for gatherings, an outdoor fire pit lounge, a patio with a master grilling station, an adjacent “community barn” complete with a fitness room, and a dog park and dog washing station.
Oriole Landing is built to a US Green Building Council LEED for Homes v4 certification standard. It also features an array of solar panels that reduce reliance on fossil fuel consumption; high-performance mechanical systems with ductless mini-split heat pumps to provide heating and cooling; individual energy recovery ventilation systems that supply fresh air to each apartment; LED lighting and Energy Star-certified appliances in each unit; low flow WaterSense-labeled water fixtures throughout the building; and an electric vehicle charging station.