Restored mill complex provides elegant and flexible affordable housing

The Architectural Team, Inc. transformed the Malden Mills complex in Lawrence, MA into Loft Five50, a beautifully designed affordable, multifamily housing community.

BOSTON, January 22, 2016 – The fire that broke out at Malden Mills in the winter of 1995 was the largest fire Massachusetts had seen for a century. Malden Mills, built in 1866 and the original manufacturer of the fabric Polartec, was one of the few large employers in a town that was already in desperate straits. Seventeen years after the fire destroyed the textile complex in Lawrence, a pair of the historic buildings, encompassing 160,000 square feet of space were redesigned and adapted into a 75-unit modern loft-style one and two-bedroom LEED certifiable apartment community. This was the first phase of transformation for the campus. read more

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