Proposal for 405 Washington St.
Urbanica Inc. is proud to submit it’s proposal for 405 Washington Street, Dorchester. The project we are proposing is an affordable and workforce homeownership development. The building will contain twelve condominium units, with three 1-bedroom, seven 2-bedroom and two 3-bedroom units. Four units will be affordable to households earning at or below 80% AMI. Four units will be affordable to households earning at or below 100% AMI. The other four units will be affordable to households earning at or below 120% AMI. Ten on-site parking spaces are provided to help minimize the impact on local traffic. In addition, the two units on the first floor will have a live-work space that will provide commercial vitality to the community. The proposal strives to meet the objective of creating mixed income affordable home ownership housing, while also reflecting the significance of Washington Street. Our goal is to build a project that is both contemporary and contextual. As part of our design process, we researched what was on the sight previously and found a residence with some architectural merit. Based on a 1977 photograph, we were able to discern a front porch, gabled roof, dormers, as well as some external material details. Our proposed building incorporates some of these design elements as a way to connect the history and legacy of the site with modern design and construction. This proposal will continue our trend of producing ecologically conscience developments. The project will meet either Silver LEED standards by using a combination of sustainable construction strategies and a very high level of energy efficiency.