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Architect Selected for Approved 105-Unit Worcester Multifamily
RODE Architects, a collaborative design and architecture firm, has been selected by AKROS Development to design 105 new residential units at 102 Temple Street in Worcester, MA. Marking RODE’s first project in Worcester, the firm was selected because of its portfolio of transformative residential projects, innovative design and collaborative approach in Boston and other markets. Leveraging RODE’s expertise in multifamily development and focus on sustainable design, the project represents a forward-looking vision for development in the city where there is a desperate need for additional housing units.
With the highest growth rate of New England’s largest ten cities according to 2020 Census data, Worcester has a need for live, work, play neighborhoods to support the city’s strong biomedical and tech industry, and corresponding booming population. The 105 new units at 102 Temple Street, part of the city’s emerging Canal District, will set an example for future development with its walkability and immediate amenities. The modern industrial aesthetic of the architecture respects the history of the District while projecting the building’s place as a vision for the future of the City. Further, the project and city are transit-oriented with easy commuter access to the significant financial centers of Boston and New York City, localized amenities, and proximity to the Green Mountains and Connecticut river valley recreation.
“We are thrilled to expand our portfolio footprint to Worcester with such an innovative project on a currently underutilized site that will result in much needed housing for the growing community while also driving new traffic to local businesses,” said Eric Robinson, AIA, LEED AP, Principal & Co-Founder of RODE Architects. “We are happy to bring our experience from other gateway cities to Worcester with a design that pays homage to the history of the Canal District while projecting its place as a vision for the future of the city.”
The project promotes a high level of sustainability, including an all-electric design in alignment with the Green Worcester Plan and sustainable transportation solutions including innovative on-site parking with EV chargers for residents and a car share program. The project also encourages alternative modes for transportation, walkability and bike-ability. MDLA will be designing the project’s streetscape, which will create a new walkable neighborhood in the Canal District with a pocket park, an improved pedestrian-oriented streetscape and ground floor retail.
“We are elated to work with RODE on this project, as they help realize our vision to transform and positively impact emerging neighborhoods in Worcester,” commented Zak Kiritsy, Founder and Managing Principal at AKROS Development. “The project’s thoughtful design and forward-looking approach will help provide a greener, more walkable, and interconnected future for Worcester, which will not only enhance the existing fabric of the Canal District, but also foster further growth and positive change within the community.” AKROS Development utilizes innovative design and construction solutions to deliver sustainable, quality, and cost-effective housing that creates a long-lasting, impactful footprint and enhances communities.