First Phase of Suburban Boston Apartments Open

The first phase of Alta Brigham Square in Arlington, an inner suburb of Boston, has opened.

By Dees Stribling, Contributing Editor

Arlington, Mass.—The first phase of Alta Brigham Square in Arlington, an inner suburb of Boston, has opened. A development of WoodPartners LLC, the property will have a total 116 units when completed; the first phase consists of 36 units.

The four-story property occupies the former site of the long-vacant Brighham’s Ice Cream factory in Arlington near the city’s main street, which includes its town hall, public library, shops and restaurants. Pre-leasing of the second phase is currently under way, and WoodPartners anticipates an early 2013 opening for that 80-unit phase.

Demand for this kind of housing is strong, according to Rick Dickason, Wood Partner’s regional director of development for New England. “We’re so confident in the demand for housing in Arlington, we wish there were a third and fourth phase,” he tells MHN. “It’s good to provide a luxury rental option not otherwise available in Arlington Center.”

The development consists of 18 studios, 35 one-bedroom units and 63 two-bedroom units.  The units, which exceed baseline energy-efficiency standards by 20 percent, will lease at $2.85 per square foot. Fifteen percent of the units are reserved for families earning 60 percent or less of area median income.

Common amenities include a fitness center, clubhouse with a media room, pool table lounge and café-style seating, and a coffee bar. The project also features about 3,500 square feet of ground-level space for small retailers or medical offices. In addition to 84 surface parking spaces, 89 garage-level spaces will be available.

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