RISE Together Gets Approval for Two Projects

86 Essex Street / Photo courtesy of Fishbrook Design Studio

Boston – RISE Together, a minority-owned and community-oriented development company in Boston, announced it has received Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) board approval for a residential project located at 7-11 Curtis Street in East Boston.

The 33,512sf development will remove a dated structure and replace it will two new buildings and 17 spaces of below grade parking. The residential community will include 29 units, four of which will be income restricted.

As part of RISE Together’s mission, the team will be working with local organizations and investing back in the East Boston community. The team has committed $30,000 to the area surrounding the McLean Playground, improving the pedestrian experience near the MBTA Wood Island Station. The funds will also contribute to street infrastructure improvements.

The project is sustainably conscious, with a commitment to LEED standards in both design and construction. The team includes local architect Jonathan Garland Enterprises, a 100% Minority Business Enterprise certified company, and long time East Boston residents, Seth Williams and Michael Burri.

RISE Together also announced the approval of a residential project in downtown Haverhill, Mass. Located at 86 Essex Street, the project will restore the exterior of a 7-story industrial building in the downtown area, and renovate the interior to create a new residential community for the city.

The proposed mixed-use project is consistent with the building stock and reuse of mill structures in the surrounding neighborhood and represents the opportunity to have an infill mixed use project that will serve to bring additional stability to the area by improving conditions and property values. The development will encompass 42 residential units and ground floor commercial space. The project team also includes architect Fishbrook Design Studio.

“Our team is excited to breathe new life into this historic building. After sitting vacant for years, this building has significant potential, and we believe residents will be excited to see it activated with ground floor retail for the city to enjoy. Our ideal vision is to partner with a local business as a tenant on the ground floor, to help bring vitality to the space while also benefiting existing local business,” said Herby Duverné, CEO of RISE Together.

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