The project at 320 Salem Street in Woburn, MA is an 87-unit assisted living and memory care facility located on a 4.4 acre lot of primarily undeveloped land. The property was formerly used as a residential house lot for a single family home. Although no wetland areas are located within the property, Riverfront Area associated with Schneider Brook extends 100' into the site along the southerly property line. A&M provided land survey, civil engineering, environmental consulting and landscape architectural services for this project.
Due to the undeveloped, partially vegetative nature of the existing property and its proximity to a riverfront resource area, the project included several permitting and design hurdles, which A&M, along with the design team successfully navigated on behalf of our client. The first challenge was to re-zone the property to allow the proposed assisted living use. That re-zoning was achieved by presenting a comprehensive design to the City Council and by actively engaging the public with frequent neighborhood meetings. Permitting challenges included working within the constraints of the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act, obtaining a Site Plan Special Permit from the City Council, sub dividing the parcel through the Land Court, and obtaining a MassDOT access permit. Each of the required permits was obtained by first understanding the requirements and limitations of the regulations and then correctly applying the design parameters to the program for the site.
The project offers attractive architecture, functional and environmentally sensitive civil engineering and thoughtful landscape architecture and riverfront replication that satisfy both the client and the community.
Rendering courtesy of JSA Architects