The George Close Building
Located in mid-Cambridge, Massachusetts, the George Close Building is a former candy factory that was converted to affordable rental housing in the 1980s. The George Close Company was nationally known for its confectionery, as well as a set of limited-edition baseball cards featuring players such as Cy Young and Ty Cobb. The exterior and interior of the seven-story building retains its industrial essence, with heavy timber structural frame, high ceilings, oversized windows, and thick masonry walls.
Davis Square Architects is currently working on renovations that will enhance the building’s energy performance and historical stature, as well as upgrade building systems, safety features, accessibility, and tenants’ comfort and well-being. Just-A-Start is committed to important improvements to the 61-unit building to maintain high-quality, energy-efficient housing in this prized location. An on-site management office, community meeting room, laundry facilities, and an oversized “living room” lobby area complete the amenities.