Located in a central downtown district 30 minutes outside of Boston, the Gateway North Apartments is a 71 unit, mixed-use development that transforms a formerly vacant site into an important community asset. Resulting from a 2008 master plan, the project is the first-ever multifamily property funded by Massachusetts’s Workforce Housing Initiative, and fills an important market gap with high-quality homes for low- and middle-income households.
With a façade including shingle and clapboard siding that reflects a classic New England vernacular, TAT’s design for Gateway North Apartments creates a fresh yet contextual presence in the heart of Lynn’s Central Square neighborhood. Located on a prominent corner site just blocks from a commuter rail station, the carefully scaled six-story structure offers ground-floor commercial space and responds to its sensitive floodplain location with a landscaped and fully accessible elevated podium form. Inside, a mix of one-, two- and three-bedroom units combine bright pops of color with warm, muted tones and high-end finishes for a contemporary, upscale feel. Lobby and common areas feature bold art installations and custom pendant lighting fixtures, while the amenity program includes a large central space with two-sided fireplace and communal kitchen open to both residents and the community at large, a smaller-scaled resident lounge space, a fitness center, a combined cáfe/coffee shop, and a landscaped outdoor patio. Hailed by local and state officials as a transformative housing development, Gateway North is anticipated to set a new precedent for smart housing growth in the region.