Nordblom Co. Unveils The Huntington in MA

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The 117-unit luxury community is an adaptive reuse of an industrial property and features one- and two-bedroom apartment homes.

Burlington, Mass.-based Nordblom Co. has opened The Huntington, a new, 117-unit luxury apartment community featuring one- and two-bedroom apartment homes in Burlington. The development is an adaptive reuse of an industrial property, like the 102-unit Van Brodie Mill conversion in Lawrence, Mass., which received financing in February.

The Huntington is situated in the 3rd Avenue neighborhood—a highly walkable enclave of more than two dozen boutiques, as well as upscale dining, entertainment, a fitness center, financial institution, Wegman’s supermarket, hotel and professional offices. Located at the intersection of Route 3 and Interstate 95, the neighborhood also provides quick access to the 128 tech corridor, along with express MBTA bus service to Alewife Station.

Adaptive reuse

The site was originally purchased in [the] 1960s and was initially developed as a single-story industrial building,” Todd Nordblom, project manager for the Nordblom Company, told MHN. “Over the course of time, the use evolved to commercial-office, but the original structure remained. With the development of the 3rd Avenue lifestyle center, we anticipated that there was a market for housing. The development of The Huntington was aligned with the lease expiration of the commercial tenant. While it was a competitive bidding process, the patience required for this use was significant.”

Among the features and finishes of residences are floor-to-ceiling windows, stainless steel appliances, soft-close kitchen drawers, oversized closets, blackout shades, tile backsplashes and granite countertops and islands in kitchens, balconies and patios, in-unit washer-dryers, modern plank flooring, carpeted bedrooms and tiled baths.

The common-area amenities include a resident lounge with fireplace and gourmet kitchenette, conference room, tech station, coffee bar and beverage station, fitness center, pet spa, elevated private courtyards for entertaining, outdoor grilling stations, courtyard fire pit, sundeck, bike room and repair station, electric vehicle charging station, 24-hour package room, valet dry cleaning services and resident storage.

Long-term view

The Huntington encompasses approximately 179,950 square feet, including the covered parking garage measuring approximately 37,000 square feet, Nordblom reported.

The idea with Huntington was to take the urban feel of modern apartments and bring it (farther) into the suburbs than ever before,” Nordblom said. “Making the numbers work required vision for a higher rental market and taking the long-term view that we are investing in a quality asset that is meant to last for generations.”

Images courtesy of Nordblom Co.

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