Nauset Begins Construction on Chestnut Hill Mixed-Use DevelopmentJune 09, 2021
BROOKLINE — Demolition is complete and foundation work is underway as Nauset Construction begins the transformation of the site of a former gas station into 50 luxury apartments above 6,500 square feet of ground floor retail space for owner Chestnut Hill Investments, LLC. Located at the corner of Boylston St. (Route 9) and Hammond St., diagonally across from The Street, one of the region’s premier shopping/entertainment destinations and directly across from Longwood Cricket Club, 1180 Boylston Street will be an upscale, transit-oriented, walkable residential community for residents aged 55 and older.
“Removing this long-shuttered service station and constructing this mixed-use development will be a boon to the entire neighborhood, aesthetically and environmentally” said Chestnut Hill Investments principal Raj Dhanda. “1180 Boylston will provide an ideal rental housing alternative for area residents seeking to downsize from their single-family homes while remaining connected to their lifelong community.”
Designed by CBT Architects, the six-story wood-frame structure will be constructed over a steel podium concrete slab on deck with two levels of below grade parking for 70 vehicles. The building, curved at the corner where Hammond and Boylston Streets intersect, will feature a metallic panel exterior façade with various finishes and custom colors. The ground floor will be adorned with Thermory real wood cladding, creating a unique look for the building while blending seamlessly within the surrounding neighborhood. Designed with sustainability in mind, the residential portion consists of 50 apartments with all-electric appliances and a unit mix of 15 one-bedrooms, 33 two-bedrooms and 2 three-bedrooms. All units in the building are age-restricted (one resident in each unit must be 55 years or older), and 20 percent of the units (10 total) will be available to households earning at or below 50 percent of AMI (Area Median Income).
The project presents multiple challenges, including implementing hydrostatic design provisions such as rock anchors due to the high water table and removal of ledge to allow for the installation of a complex foundation system comprised of both mini-piles and pipe piles providing structural support for the new mixed-use building.