Prospect Union Square
Transit-oriented development, Housing, Union Square
23686
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  • Rendering of the exterior of building showing tower building and two lower buildings with adjoining roadways and City of Boston skyline in background
  • Photograph of the exterior of high rise Prospect Union Square building with terra cotta colored facade
  • Interior Photograph by Flaunt Boston of an apartment showing living and kitchen areas
  • Interior photo of common space in an apartment complex with dark floors, seating and fireplace. Photo by Flaunt Boston.
  • Interior photograph of common space in apartment building with couches and chairs and large windows. Photo by Flaunt Boston.
  • Interior photograph of common space of apartment building with television and large leather couch. Photo by Flaunt Boston.
  • Interior Photograph by Flaunt Boston of an apartment showing living and dining area with concrete ceiling
  • Interior Photograph by Flaunt Boston of an apartment showing living and office area with green rug, desk, and artwork
  • Interior Photograph by Flaunt Boston of an apartment showing bedroom with bold wallpaper and large window
  • Interior photograph of apartment gym. Photo by Flaunt Boston.
  • Exterior photograph of plaza between MBTA Green Line Extension Station and Prospect Union Square High Rise

Prospect Union Square

SOMERVILLE, MA

The Union Square Revitalization project (USQ) is a transit-oriented development of over 2.4M SF including lab, office, housing, retail, and open space. This development will expand the Cambridge/Boston innovation ecosystem into Somerville and foster one of the next great concentration of life science and technology companies.

 

Within this larger development, Cranshaw built a multi-family housing project at 20-50 Prospect Street – a 25-story tower with adjoining mid-rise building. The Transit Oriented Development project includes 450 apartment units, 20% of which is designated as permanently affordable, as well as amenity space, a 271-space parking garage and ground floor retail. The project sits adjacent to the new Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s Union Station station on the Green Line. Coordination and communication with the ownership entity, the MBTA, the City of Somerville, and other agencies as well as the adjacent construction project have been critical to the project’s progress.

 

The tower building was constructed with a concrete cast-in-place core, girder slab and a multi-colored architectural precast panel façade. The mid-rise portion is a 5-over-1 wood over steel frame and includes a three level parking garage.

 

The project is targeting LEED Gold certification and one hundred percent of the building’s energy needs will be supplied by renewable energy sources for at least a decade.

 

Interior photo credit: Flaunt Boston

CLIENT

USAA Real Estate

ARCHITECT

BKL Architecture LLC

SIZE

535,800 SF