LAWRENCE, MASSACHUSETTS – This $40MM mixed-use repositioning of a turn-of-the-century mill complex will include 65,000 square feet of self-storage space, 100 interior parking spaces, 198 apartment units in the 7-story, 350,000 sf Building #4 and 19 artist live/work studios in the 30,000 sf single-story Building #6. Having remained unoccupied for the last several decades, the riverfront building required extensive structural repairs. Featured in the recent Ben Affleck movie, “Live by Night,” the depleted state of the building was used to represent the 1920’s prohibition era.
Considered a high-rise by current codes, careful planning was required to address the mixed-use occupancy and egress requirements. 15’ Floor to floor heights, combined with window units that are 7’-6” wide and over 10’ tall, allow daylight deep into the residential units. A resident clubhouse is located on the second floor and includes a community room, cyber café, fitness center, leasing office and bicycle storage. A portion of the adjacent building has been demolished to make room for a new riverfront park and a separate dog park will also be created on the site.
The design will bring new life to the area and provide much-needed workforce housing in the region.