The Town of Braintree acquired a collection of former municipal electric light waterfront buildings that have been vacant for over 20 years.
The neighboring residential community has been concerned about the impacts of new development on the site. The local neighborhood association recommended a riverfront park. However, the town is interested in redeveloping the property into a mix of uses to activate the property and stimulate the surroundings
The development plan combines building rehabilitation and reuse with new construction. The largest remaining building on the site, the Switch House, is reused and includes a one-story addition. The riverfront Screen Shop is also preserved as a public amenity. New construction on the footprint of the former Boiler House is broken up into two forms slightly offset from one another helping to reduce the overall scale. Parking is largely located below the building and gaps are formed through the site design to frame views and enable public access to the River.