Shadley Associates collaborated with Criterion Development Partners and Cube 3 Architects on a 174-unit luxury apartment development located on an abandoned postindustrial site along the banks of the Charles River. Building One is entirely residential and features a large elevated couryard with expansive views to the Charles River in addition to a swimming pool, garden spaces, and extensive ornamental planting around the building. Building Two, although primarily residential, features a small retail area and public outdoor cafe. Both sites are designed to connect directly with the Charles River via new pedestrian street crossings and multiple access points to the adjacent bicycle path. At the project entry there is a motor court and a small pocket park which leads to the Department of Recreation and Conservation’s (DCR) Charles River Reservation path – a feature designed for the shared benefit of the public and the residents of the new development. Improvements on the river path along the entire length of the residential development will include the establishment of scenic vistas to the river and removal and ongoing management of invasive species.
The project is the pilot development under the Pleasant Street Corridor District (PSCD) zoning overlay for Watertown. The goal is to redefine the character of the corridor, facilitate a diverse mix of uses and encourage Smart Growth and Low Impact Development (LID) practices while protecting and increasing access to the Charles River.