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Nauset Begins Construction on Chestnut Hill Mixed-Use Development

BROOKLINE, MA — 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 Street and Hammond Street, 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. 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 two three-bedrooms. All units in the building are age-restricted, and 20 percent of the units (10 total) will be available to households earning at or below 50 percent of Area Median Income.

Over 2,000 square feet of tenant amenity space will be located on the building's ground floor, including a reception lounge featuring a common area with flexible seating options, a fireplace, and access to the building mailroom and management office, as well as a clubhouse room with a fireplace, large screen, wet bar, and space available for private functions. The ground floor also houses a fitness room equipped with a virtual fitness screen available for private or small group training. Each rental unit will be furnished with contemporary amenities, including Energy Star appliances, custom Italian kitchen cabinets, kitchen islands with waterfall edge stone tops, and walk-in closets. A few of the upper floor apartments will feature private outdoor terraces incorporated into 1180 Boylston’s façade.

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.

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“The site is also a zero-lot line project with no staging area in a highly trafficked location. Ensuring project safety and minimizing disruption to retailers, their customers, and neighbors while delivering a high quality building is our priority, which is why our experience working on dense urban infill projects in communities like Boston and Cambridge is so beneficial,” said Nauset Construction President Anthony Papantonis.

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