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Jefferson Apartment Group retained B+T to provide land surveying, civil engineering and permitting services for the redevelopment of Malden Government Center. In the 1970s, the City had constructed a Government Center complex on this site consisting of Malden City Hall and Malden Police Headquarters. The imposing buildings were constructed within the footprint of the former Pleasant Street, blocking the flow of traffic and pedestrians through the downtown area and cutting-off direct access from the once-vibrant retail district to the MBTA’s Malden Center transit hub. After nearly 50 years of living with this situation, City leadership decided to reverse the actions taken in the 1970s and issued an RFP for redevelopment of the site.
Jefferson Apartment Group (JAG) had a vision for restoring Malden’s vital downtown by reopening the Pleasant Street corridor, creating easy walking access to the now-struggling retail and restaurant district and adding new, multi-unit, multi-purpose residential, retail, and commercial buildings. This vision impressed the City leadership and JAG won the opportunity to redevelop the site as a vibrant mixed-use, transit-oriented development project featuring 320 residential apartments, 22,500 square feet of retail space and 145,000 square feet of office space to replace the existing City Hall building.
In addition to land surveying and civil engineering, B+T’s responsibility included the critical role of guiding the project proposal through a complicated zoning and permitting process. The project site consisted of an assemblage of parcels under varying ownerships that created many technical zoning intricacies that had to be vetted and approved by the city. With B+T’s assistance, the permitting challenges were overcome, allowing the project to proceed with construction.
Read more about this project in the Boston Real Estate Times, here.
Cambridge, Somerville, Boston, MA
Since 2010, Beals + Thomas has been providing land surveying,
civil engineering and permitting assistance services for the urban redevelopment of approximately 45 acres of former rail yards in the
North Point section of East Cambridge, Somerville and Boston to support a 5 million square-foot mixed-use retail, commercial and residential community. Ideally located on the largest remaining land parcel in Cambridge, Cambridge Crossing is poised to be one of the most exciting and energetic redevelopment projects in the Boston area.
Our services include master planning and permitting support and the final design of an extensive roadway and utility network necessary to serve approximately 20 building sites in three urban cities. We have coordinated extensively with city and state officials and design consultants regarding the redevelopment and reconfiguration of Lechmere Square, including relocation of the MBTA Lechmere Green Line Station, construction of the Green Line Extension to Medford and Somerville, and relocation of Monsignor O’Brien Highway.
We provided land surveying, civil engineering, permitting assistance and construction administration services for “Twenty|20”, which delivered 355 new residential units and 9,000 square-feet of commercial space in 2015. We also provided surveying, design and permitting services for 250 Dawes Street, a proposed 350,000 sf lab/office/retail building which is under construction and slated to open in 2019.
Tihonet Mixed-Use Development
The A.D. Makepeace Company retained Beals + Thomas in 2004
to undertake numerous master planning, civil engineering and environmental planning assignments in support of the development
of over 6,000 acres encompassing three towns in Southeastern Massachusetts. A.D. Makepeace is the largest cranberry grower
in the world, and the second largest landholder in Massachusetts.
Over the course of the project planning process, Beals + Thomas has prepared and filed approximately: six Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act documents, three applications to the Massachusetts Natural Heritage Endangered Species Program (MNHESP), seven Notices of Intent, three Abbreviated Notices of Resource Area Delineation, four Requests for Determination of Applicability, two Site Plan and Special Permit Applications, various Requests for Amended Orders of Conditions, various Requests for Certificates of Compliance, and
has provided assistance regarding other permit applications, in addition to providing on call surveying and land planning services to support individual development and conservation projects.
Beals + Thomas has conducted quarterly public information sessions to comply with the requirements of the MEPA Special Review Procedure. In addition, Beals + Thomas has prepared sophisticated Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Analyses as well as nitrogen impact and mitigation calculations and strategies. Beals + Thomas has also provided strategic planning services to move toward a master permit with MNHESP for development within mapped and potential habitat, with significant habitat protection.
The redevelopment of the former Grover Cronin Department Store property was a momentous success for The Boulder Company, the
City of Waltham, and a persistent Beals + Thomas project team. Redevelopment proved challenging due to the historic register designation of the building and the environmentally sensitive location of the parcel adjacent to the Charles River. The project consists of 281 residential units and 28,000 sf ground floor retail space that supports shops, restaurants, and waterfront dining.
Survey services were significant to the building’s redevelopment effort. Beals + Thomas performed an architectural foundation survey to establish the existing walls for incorporation into a new curvilinear building design, and column line dimensioning to support the design and fabrication of structural steel. The firm also provided site design, civil engineering, permitting, and construction administration support to implement a project schedule that allowed construction to proceed rapidly and without delay.
The downtown revitalization effort continued beyond the redevelopment of the existing building. Beals + Thomas assisted the Waltham Planning Department with the preparation of grant applications for streetscape improvements to Moody and Crescent Streets, and integrated an adjoining riverwalk along the Charles River. The riverwalk incorporated ornamental features traditional to the Victorian era along a 1,000-foot, handicapped-accessible brick and granite cobblestone walkway, and dramatically accentuates the revitalized district while providing passersby with an area for
Beals + Thomas has continued to provide services to the city for riverboat docking facilities adjacent to the riverwalk, and was awarded the Boston Society of Architect’s Citation for Community Revitalization in July 2000 for our efforts in the redevelopment process.