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Smart Growth Project: Atmark Apartments, Cambridge

The Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance recognizes smart growth projects and planning/zoning initiatives across the Commonwealth. This project is one of many that were featured at our 2013 conference. See other examples


High-density urban residential community located near the Alewife MBTA station.  Close to open space, alternative modes of transportation, existing retail, and other amenities.  Prior to development, the site underwent a substantial and complicated cleanup program, removing over 100,000 tons of regulated and contaminated waste.

Opportunities: Expansion of bicycle use and integration with local amenities, located in an innovation district, Master Plan allowed for greater density and height for housing, utilized the State Brownfield Tax Credit program, and the buildings utilized sustainable development principles including green roof, efficient fixtures and systems, Energy Star compliance, and are LEED certified, or in the process to become certified.

Challenges: Environmental remediation and associated challenges.

Project Team: Cube 3 Studio, Plumb House, Cabot Cabot & Forbes, O’Connor Capital, TetraTech

Cost: $120 million

Square Feet/Units: 428 units

Funding Sources: Private, Brownfield tax credits

Contact: John Sullivan (617) 603 – 4006, [email protected],  Marketing Manager, Cabot, Cabot & Forbes