Made possible by an innovative zoning modification to encourage smart growth in Wakefield’s town center, 642 Main Street successfully restores the historic pattern of ground-floor retail to attract pedestrian activity and increase walkability. Transforming a long-underutilized site, this 22,000 square foot mixed-use development consists of eight boutique condominiums ranging in size from one-, two- and three-bedrooms.
The firm’s design solution strikes an approachable tone with contemporary façade elements that reflect the textures, materials, and colors of the area and extensive windows and balconies to create visual interest. Located at the juncture of a commercial corridor and residential neighborhood, the massing is contextual in scale with a generous set back on the fourth floor/top floor to give the appearance of a 3-story building. Further step backs along the south and east sides provide a seamless transition to the scale of nearby lower density homes.
The seven corner units at the 2nd and 3rd floors are designed with substantial outdoor decks, while a one-of-a-kind penthouse unit includes a wrap-around terrace and views of nearby Crystal Lake. Twelve covered parking spaces and elevator access add to the unique appeal of this transit-oriented multifamily community. With 1,000 square feet of retail space, this modern four-story infill building dramatically alters the face of the growing district by adding density, improving the neighborhood fabric, and increasing housing and business diversity. TAT served as the design architect for the project in collaboration with DMS Design as the architect of record