Integrated Development Project of Synagogue, Mikvah, and Residential Buildings in Brighton approved by Zoning Board of Appeals
RODE Architects today announced that the Zoning Board of Appeals has approved plans to construct a new seven-story residential building and new buildings for Congregation Kadimah-Toras Moshe and the Daughters of Israel Mikvah at 101-105 Washington Street in Brighton. The firm is working with Brookline Development Corporation and the two congregations on a collaborative redevelopment of these under-utilized parcels, ensuring the longevity of two venerable neighborhood institutions while providing much-needed multi-family housing in one of Boston’s diverse and growing neighborhoods.
The development involves removal of the existing buildings at the site and construction of the three new buildings in an integrated urban campus. New buildings for the synagogue and mikvah will be set within a richly landscaped surround, and carefully sited to respect the varied needs of their religious functions. The 70 apartments of the residential building are designed to encourage long-term residents, with bonus rooms for growing families and common amenities that include a roof deck and lounge. The redevelopment will also include an underground parking facility with 70 parking spaces, including 66 spaces for residents, and storage for 73 bicycles. Four spaces in the garage and an additional 12 at-grade spaces will be reserved for the new synagogue and mikvah.
Principal Eric Robinson sees this project as an exciting model for building in neighborhoods: “We can meet the demands for new housing, for bringing new people into our city, while supporting and enriching the communities that are already here. We can achieve both. This is a true development with a mission.”
RODE Architects has worked continuously with the community throughout the approvals process, and the community shares the design team’s vision for sustaining existing populations and cultures. Additionally, the Brighton-Allston Improvement Association and the offices of the Mayor and City Councilor Mark Ciommo have expressed their support for the project and its anticipated positive impact on the long-term stability of these important, local religious institutions and the Brighton neighborhood overall.
Construction aims to begin with the religious buildings in the spring of 2017, with the residential building following along in sequence once those buildings are completed.
RODE Architects Inc. is a collaborative design team led by its two Principals and owners, Eric J. Robinson and Kevin S. Deabler. Located in Boston, Massachusetts and founded in 2005, RODE’s approach to design follows an iterative process that molds its clients’ ideas, experiences and goals into spaces that exceed expectations. The combined, diverse experience of the Principals allows RODE to provide a far-reaching range of design services, from master planning and feasibility surveys to project management and innovative architectural solutions. Clients have included developers, private individuals, business owners and educational institutions.