Washington Place

Newtonville, MA

Client

Mark Investments

Program

140 apartment units with 44,400 SF of ground floor retail, a 2,030 SF community art center, surface parking for 99 and underground parking for 210 cars – 300,000 SF total.

Sustainability

LEED Gold for Homes Certification anticipated

Challenge

The site is located at a prominent intersection of Washington and Walnut Streets in Newton. A collection of neglected buildings are separated from the Newtonville retail district by the Massachusetts Turnpike and the MBTA Commuter Rail tracks. The property abuts an historic district on the north side.

Solution

A mixed use development, with local retail business located on the ground floor and 4-story residential housing above will add much-needed affordable housing in Newton and transform the northern side of Newtonville Square.

Setbacks and articulation of the facades and variations of roof line reduce the massing of the project. A major investment in the public realm, including a public plaza, a pocket park, widened sidewalks, bike lanes, an enhanced intersection and a bridge connecting to the Village center, will help create a vibrant new mixed use neighborhood.

The developer and PCA spent many hours with the community and the Newton Area Council to craft a progressive new building that respects its context with quality materials and appropriate historical reference.