Located on a prominent city parcel and the former site of St. Therese Parish, this new mixed-use community for residents aged 62+ provides 77 affordable rental units and six for-sale townhomes with onsite support services for seniors. The $38M transit-oriented development includes a mid-rise brick masonry building with a glass storefront entry, designed with a series of repetitive bays that break up the exterior façade and complement a character-defining element of the surrounding context. The adjacent direct-entry three-bedroom townhome condominiums reflect the surrounding environment in height, massing, and color – integrating harmoniously with the overall feel of the neighborhood.
Resident amenities include a light-filled lounge with a large community kitchen, flexible furnishings to accommodate various programmatic needs, a work from home touchdown station, mail area, laundry room, management offices, and onsite parking. Unit interiors feature contemporary high-end finishes with white solid wood cabinetry, stainless steel appliances and hardware, granite countertops, and woodgrain flooring. Color cueing is a prominent wayfinding strategy for the resident corridors, providing a strong visual link between color and floor number, allowing residents to orient themselves easily.
The new 6,500 square foot health center on the ground floor offers services to residents and members of the broader community by providing exam and behavioral health rooms, a therapeutic recreation space, and a secured outdoor patio. The interdisciplinary clinic is operated by East Boston Neighborhood Health Center through its Neighborhood PACE program. This innovative design program is the result of a successful public/private partnership to meet the interrelated affordable housing and healthcare needs for the City of Everett.
The newly created onsite pocket park, Little Flower Park, incorporates architectural elements from the former church on landscaped grounds to honor the rich history of St. Therese Parish. Salvaged artifacts include a reconstructed stone shrine flanked by two original columns, pre-cast medallions, and door headers. Reimagined into a meaningful and safe neighborhood amenity, the park is accessible to the public and offers a variety of user experiences in a dense urban setting.
The rooftop was designed with a four-array solar photovoltaic (PV) system totaling 100,000 kilowatts, allowing the energy generated by the system to offset utility costs.