Davis Square Architects is teaming up with the Greater Lawrence Action Community Council (GLCAC) on Essex Street, the transformation of an historic building and adjacent vacant lot into approximately 7,700 square feet of commercial space and 39 rental apartments.
Providing a continuous streetscape that mimics the existing fabric of Essex Street, the development includes the extensive restoration and adaptive reuse of 370 Essex Street, once the original headquarters of the Lawrence Gas Company, into 16 rental apartments with ground-floor commercial space. A new five-story building will be built on the under-utilized vacant lot, with ground-floor commercial space and 23 rental units above. Apartments will be a mix of one- to three-bedroom units, all of which will be affordable to working families whose household income is at or below 60% of area median income. Eight apartments will be set aside for families holding Section 8 vouchers. Creating affordable housing while attracting local businesses engaged in needed services supporting the community, the new development will be a welcome addition to the neighborhood.