Located in Boston’s Roxbury neighborhood, Kasanof Homes is a new affordable condominium property aimed at providing homes for local working families. TAT’s design transforms a formerly vacant lot into a much-needed community asset with a series of five individual townhouse buildings and one row house building. The massing is carefully scaled to provide a transition from the larger buildings along Blue Hill Avenue to the residential neighborhood beyond. The three story row house building is a familiar urban form which can be seen throughout Boston, with walk-up units accessed directly by a stair from the sidewalk. Each unit has a large bay window which defines the entry below. In contrast, the townhouse buildings are smaller in scale and residential elements such as sloped roofs, dormers and covered porches serve to weave this development into the surrounding residential neighborhood. All buildings utilize clapboard siding as the main exterior material but variety is achieved through different roof forms on the townhouse buildings and different color siding throughout the development. A new interior street, Martha Williams Way, provides interior circulation and connects to adjacent parking and a children’s play area.
Kasanof Homes offers 16 duplex residential units, all with three bedrooms and two bathrooms. The development’s central location provides residents with ready access to transportation, major employment centers within three miles, shopping around Blue Hill Avenue, and several schools. Kasanof Homes is an integral part of Roxbury’s efforts to expand moderate-income housing options, and is anticipated to achieve LEED Silver certification. This is the second phase of a larger neighborhood master plan developed by TAT. The first phase, Thomas Atkins Apartments, was completed in 2011 and brought 48 affordable rental units and 3,650 square feet of retail to an adjacent site.