On the morning of June 6th, we gathered in Lawrence with elected officials and our partners to break ground on our newest redevelopment: Van Brodie Mill. This adaptive reuse of a former mill that was originally built in 1919 is our first project in Lawrence, and will preserve an historic structure while remediating a brownfields site, ultimately bringing 102 units of mixed-income housing to the Arlington Mills Historic District.
The groundbreaking featured an array of speakers, including Department of Housing and Community Development Undersecretary Janelle Chan; Lawrence Mayor Dan Rivera; State Representative Frank Moran; and MassHousing Executive Director Chrystal Kornegay, a nod to the collaboration amongst our partners at the state and local level in transforming this historic property into much-needed housing.
Van Brodie Mill will be built on four adjacent land parcels within the city’s 34-acre Arlington Mills Smart Growth Overlay District, containing two interconnected mill buildings with 100 units; a small, former incinerator building with two units; a water pump house, and a parking lot. The completed project will contain eight studio apartments, 25 one-bedroom apartments, 56 two-bedroom apartments and 13 three-bedroom apartments.
While Van Brodie Mill may be Trinity’s first project in Lawrence, it is not our first foray into brownfield remediation, a process which we are also undertaking in the redevelopment of our 60 King building in Providence, which was once the site of the Imperial Knife Factory.
Construction started in January 2018 and is estimated to take approximately 18 months. We’re looking forward to opening our doors to the Lawrence community in the fall of 2019!