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Archstone North Point Cambridge, MA

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Client Archstone
Size 871-unit
Apartment Development
Status Phase I occupied,
Phase II under construction

Archstone North Point is a residential apartment building in the North Point section of East Cambridge, Massachusetts. This project will provide a total of 871 apartment units in four buildings on a site of 5.7 acres in immediate proximity to new recreation and subway facilities associated with the proposed redevelopment of the Guilford railroad yards into the North Point project. The project is located adjacent to O’Brien Highway, the Gilmore Bridge, and East Street on former industrial and railroad properties. Due to the project’s location abutting state jurisdictional roadways in the City of Cambridge, VAI’s efforts included securing permits through the state Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) as well as approval from the City of Cambridge Planning Board. Transportation planning to identify the impact of the project on roadways, subway systems, paratransit services, and pedestrian facilities led to improvements for pedestrians at the intersections adjacent to the project (including O’Brien Highway at Land Boulevard) and optimization of coordinated traffic signal systems. Design and construction inspection services were also included. The grand opening for the 430-unit first phase building was held in November 2008; an adjacent former office building was re-permitted and added 104 units in 2011; this building is currently under construction, as is the final phase of the project.

Project coordination was required with the adjacent North Point development team, the MBTA, DCR, and City of Cambridge Community Development, Traffic, and Engineering staff during the permitting process. Additional coordination was also required between the Client, general contractor, roadway sub-contractors, City staff and VAI during the construction process. Moving forward, VAI continues to be involved with the project for traffic and parking monitoring, including development of travel demand surveys to comply with City requirements.