Boston – Kaplan Construction announced it has started work on the construction of a new 99,831sf 6-story apartment building at 2147 Washington St. in Roxbury, on behalf of the co-developers, New Atlantic Development and DREAM Development.
Being built on the site of a former parking lot, 2147 Washington is slated to be complete by the summer of 2024. Kaplan was hired to provide pre-construction and general contracting services.
Brian Goldson, one of the owners of New Atlantic Development, said, “2147 Washington will provide much-needed housing in Roxbury and will support economic opportunities for resident artists and the surrounding community by providing spaces that foster creative entrepreneurship.”
Designed by DREAM Collaborative, the design arm of DREAM Development, the first floor will include approximately 2,000sf of cafe/restaurant space for the Haley House Bakery Cafe, approximately 4,400sf of artists maker space, and approximately 2,200sf of flexible retail/commercial space. The project will also provide 31 parking spaces serving the building occupants in a below-ground garage.
Floors two through five will provide 62 affordable rental housing units. Half of the units will be marketed to artists and individuals engaged in the creative economy. The sixth floor will include 12 for-sale condominium units: four affordable at 70% AMI, four at 100% AMI, and four at market rate. The current program includes a unit mix of eight studios, 33 one-bedrooms, 28 two-bedrooms and five three-bedrooms, along with a leasing office. A community space will be included on the second floor.
The development is being designed to passive house standards per the City of Boston’s new Zero Net Energy ordinance. Per new energy standards, the building will be equipped with solar panels to offset its demand from the grid. The project team will also be collaborating closely with the City of Boston throughout the project to maximize community engagement, local hiring, and MBE/WBE participation.
The project team members also include RSE Associates, structural engineer; Norian Siani Engineering, MEP/FP engineer; Meridian Associates, Inc., civil engineer; and Deborah Myers Landscape Architects, landscape architect.
“Kaplan has extensive experience working on tight urban sites and we know they will continue to work together with us and our neighbors to make the process as smooth as possible,” said Goldson. “We specialize in developing affordable, mixed-income, and live/work housing with a focus on supporting the local artist community in the city, so working with Kaplan was a natural fit.”