Boston – Nauset Construction and the Vietnamese American Initiative for Development (VietAID) recently joined Boston Mayor Marty Walsh for a ribbon-cutting ceremony, celebrating the completion of the Upper Washington apartments community. The 48,000sf mixed-use project provides 35 units of much-needed affordable family housing in Dorchester’s Four Corners neighborhood, along with over 3,500sf of commercial space.
The ceremony was attended by representatives of architectural firm Utile, Inc., which designed the mixed-use community; Trinity Management, LLC, the property manager; the Mass. Department of Housing and Community Development; many community partners and project lenders and local, city, and state dignitaries.
The completed project transforms nine city lots and one private lot into one three-story, 16,000sf structure located at 331-337 Washington Street, and one four-story, 31,775sf building at 322-336 Washington Street. Both buildings feature first-floor commercial and community space totaling approximately 3,600sf, that are now occupied by the offices of Four Corners Main Streets and Four Corners Yoga + Wellness.
The buildings are composed of wood-framed construction above a structural steel frame on the first floor. The unit mix includes four one-bedroom residences, 21 two-bedroom residences, and 10 three- bedroom residences, with nine of the units occupied by formerly homeless families.
Amenities include a gym, community room, laundry facilities in both buildings, a playground, and 25 parking spaces.
The project is certifiable under LEED Silver, incorporating many sustainable elements including high-performance insulation, energy-efficient MEP systems, and reclaimed materials from the demolition of an existing structure on the property.
“I am proud that the City of Boston’s commitment to this project helped create 35 new homes — homes that will help ensure that the people who help make this neighborhood the thriving, vibrant place it is will be able to stay in their community,” said Mayor Walsh. “Boston is lucky to have this exemplary team of builders, designers, and partners who worked so closely together to create more affordable housing for working people in Dorchester.”
“Upper Washington aligns well with our extensive multi-unit residential and mixed-use experience with sustainable, tight urban infill developments.” said Nauset Construction President Anthony Papantonis. “And we are proud to be part of the team that is helping the City of Boston achieve its affordable housing initiatives.”