Olmsted Hill Condos Reach Completion
New condo project brings 24 affordable housing units to the site of a former reservoir.
New housing bearing the name of an architectural icon has finished construction near Fisher Hill.
New Atlantic Development announced in a press release last week that construction at the Olmsted Hill condo project, with its 24 affordable housing units, is complete.
“From an architect’s perspective it really integrates affordable housing into this established neighborhood in a way that doesn’t single it out,” said Ellen Perko, Associate Principal at CBT Architects in the press release.
The homes were designed, according to the release, to fit into the existing neighborhood "seamlessly," and it has been named after the neighborhood's designer, Frederick Law Olmsted.
The project also required acceptance of a new town road, Olmsted Hill Road, which passed Town Meeting in May.
The project is built on the site of the disused Fisher Hill reservoir, which were filled--noisily--last year. Prior to construction, the reservoirs were empty and had been capped off in the '50s. The first stage of construction was to fill the reservoirs. During the filling process, residents brought concerns of 'incessant' and 'unrelenting' noise to the Selectmen in March.
Even counting these new units, the town's total affordable housing is still below 10 percent, and developers in Hancock Village aim to fix that: Chestnut Hill Realty filed a 40B project plan in Hancock Village, and is looking to build more affordable housing in South Brookline. The Town has retained legal counsel to guide their part in that process.
The following is a press release from New Atlantic Development:
Nauset Construction Completes 24 Unit Affordable Condo Project in Brookline
Olmsted Hill Development Will Blend Affordable Housing into Historic Neighborhood
Nauset Construction Corporation announced today that construction on the $8.35 million condominium project in the Fisher Hill neighborhood of Brookline for Boston-based developer New Atlantic Development Corporation has been completed. The 24 units represent the culmination of eight years of community planning to bring more affordable housing to the town, and residents are already beginning to move in. Designed by CBT Architects, the moderate income homes were designed to fit seamlessly into an existing neighborhood originally planned by the renowned landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, designer of the Emerald Necklace and Central Park.
The project was developed in two phases; the first being the demolition and backfilling of the former Brookline reservoir, which was taken offline in the fifties when Brookline tied into the MWRA system.
“The site preparation may have been the most impressive part of this project,” said Terry Stretch, Senior Project Manager for Nauset. “We removed two enormous underground tanks and filled it in with 45,000 cubic feet of compacted fill to manufacture a regular site.”
That preparation also included the installation of subdivision utilities and the construction of a new street, Olmsted Road.
The second phase was the creation of 11 lots; ten were sold at market value to help finance the affordable portion of the project, with the remaining lot designated for the three-building, 24-unit condominium development, complete with an underground parking garage for 34 vehicles. Designed to look like a turn of the century estate, the development is comprised of a 16-unit “main house,” a courtyard, a “guest house” with four more units, and another four-unit “gate house”.
“From an architect’s perspective it really integrates affordable housing into this established neighborhood in a way that doesn’t single it out,” said Ellen Perko, Associate Principal at CBT Architects.
In addition to the aesthetic sensibilities of the project, Olmsted Hill will provide a highly sustainable, green lifestyle for its residents. All units are ENERGY STAR certified, and are LEED certifiable.
“We have the architect monitor the process and follow all the requirements of the LEED program. So we have good tight buildings, great insulation, storm water recharge on site to mitigate the impact on the town’s storm system, and sustainable landscaping that requires minimal watering,” said Brian Goldson, New Atlantic Development’s Director of Construction.
The development was completed on budget, and Goldson praised Nauset for its collaborative approach to the project. “They have a good team approach and were good partners at the table,” he said. “They’re an owner-focused company.”
About New Atlantic Development
New Atlantic Development is a Boston-based real estate company dedicated to the creation and preservation of vibrant and diverse communities through the development of innovative and high quality places to live and work. New Atlantic specializes in developing affordable, mixed-income, and service-enriched housing. Recent projects have also emphasized live/work space for artists, cultural and retail space, and the rehabilitation and adaptive re-use of historic buildings. For more information, go to www.newatlantic.net
About CBT Architects
CBT Architects is a 170-person Boston-based architecture, interior design and urban design firm. Founded in 1967, the firm’s practice ranges from multi-family residential structures and developments, to major office towers and urban district renewals, to a host of academic campus facilities. CBT recently completed the design and construction of Atlantic Wharf, Boston’s first LEED Platinum high rise, was Architect of Record for the MFA’s Art of Americas Wing, and is the designer Watermark 2, a residential building currently under construction in Cambridge, MA. For more information go to www.cbtarchitects.com
Nauset Construction is a construction management and design-build firm run by industry veterans with a shared goal of providing an unparalleled client experience. Nauset has developed extensive experience and a growing portfolio of projects in the multi-unit residential, senior living, academic and healthcare market sectors. The firm excels at complex projects on challenging sites with aggressive time and budget requirements - often in sensitive, occupied and operational environments. Taking a collaborative approach throughout the project cycle, Nauset provides creative ideas and alternative methods that reduce cost and increase value to its clients, while creating lasting relationships. More information can be found at www.nausetconstruction.com