Mixed-use development in a congested urban setting
Archer/Bonell Terrace is a mixed-use development project in Dudley Square, which included first-floor commercial space, twelve market-rate residential rental units, a roof terrace and on-site parking.
The site was designed by Timothy Burke Architecture and developed by The Waldwn Group, LLC, a Dunkin Donuts franchisee, the retail space will contain a Dunkin Donuts shop.
Located across from the B-2 police station, this mix-use development was developed by The Waldwin Group, a Roxbury-based Dunkin Donuts franchisee. The Timothy Burke Architecture designed building sits on what was three empty city-owned lots filled with trash and abandoned vehicles. Totaling 14,000 square feet, over 2,000tons of urban fill was removed from the site to make way for the 20,000sf building. The project includes nine two-bedroom, three one-bedroom luxury units, first floor retail space includes a Dunkin Donuts and a tenant to be named at a later date.
Chairman of The Waldwin Group, Clayton Turnbull, was born in Jamaica, moving with his family to the States when he was six years old, graduating from Dorchester High School and then UMass Boston and has sat on the Boston Neighborhood Housing Trust and the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative boards. Seeing an opportunity to reinvest in his community, he submitted a proposal for a mixed-use development and was awarded the Archer Bonell project.
“We want to bring the urban village concept to fruition,” Clayton Turnbull once said, “where both businesses and homeowners are strong entities. Newbury Street is one of the most viable areas in the city, and it is loaded 98.9 percent with small businesses. We’d like to see that in the Dudley Square-Grove Hall-Upham’s Corner area — the parameters of our urban village.”
The Waldwin Group engaged Curtis Construction as Construction Manager to provide pre-construction and construction management services. Having managed many urban projects, Curtis knew collaboration during the pre-construction stage was essential for the project to be successful. All subcontractors and product manufacturers were made aware of site conditions and issues such as deliveries, storage, and worker parking are were addressed early in the planning stage which reduced potential complications that could arise on a site located in a busy, congested section of the city. Curtis carefully choreographed the sequencing of the regulated soil disposal in a manner that minimized costs while opening up the site for additional construction activities.
Each luxury unit have hardwood floors throughout; recessed and decorative lighting; a stylish kitchen with island; in-unit laundry and a an accommodating open-concept design. There is a gym and landscaped deck on the roof that is open to residents.
At the heart of the city, Dudley Square is considered a prime corridor for job creation, commerce, and transit-oriented development. Part of the City of Boston’s Roxbury Strategic Master Plan and Dudley Vision, the Archer Bonell project brings much needed housing to the Dudley Square area, 15% of the units are affordable housing, meeting the city’s Inclusionary Development Policy requirements. The empty lots are now longer an eyesight, gone are the trash and abandoned vehicles, all part of the City of Boston’s efforts to revitalize the neighborhood.