Residential Revitalization

Milton Landing
Milton, Massachusetts

Milton Landing presented a unique opportunity for SMMA: Creating a modern, transit-oriented development outside the confines of a large city. This project was designed to cater to “empty nesters” looking to downsize and move out of their suburban homes in favor of smaller, lower-maintenance condominiums. The project was also designed as part of a revitalization effort on behalf of the Town of Milton, which sought to breathe new life into its Lower Mills Industrial District.

The six-story residential/retail building was built on the foundation of a former frozen foods warehouse that had been destroyed by fire, on the banks of the Neponset River.

The development comprises 73 condominiums and a restaurant, and the site provides public and private usage for boating and parking, as well as a farmers market and waterfront park. Adjacent access is available to the regional bike path and, most importantly, the MBTA Red Line—meaning that Boston is just a few short subway stops away. At its essence, the building provides both the tranquility of the suburbs and a direct connection to the vibrance of the city.

Preserve and Protect

Complex permitting issues were a major aspect of the development. These included a town warrant re-zoning of the parcel for commercial and residential use; conservation commission approval of riverfront development; public hearings to approve a special permit for the construction of the project; and design and construction of a public park adjacent to the property.

Also, since the property is located on filled tide lands, the project required a Chapter 91 License from the Department of Environmental Protection, as well as a design that ensured open, welcoming access to the waterfront for public use.

Development Goals

For SMMA, the challenge of Milton Landing was to deliver a project that could support the restoration and reclamation of riverfront areas, but still achieve the design and economic goals of the developer/owner and the community.

For the units, we incorporated several elements of the suburban home: generous kitchens and baths, walk-in closets, and French balconies. Our design aimed to include those aspects of “big-home” living to which potential residents would likely be accustomed, and would not be willing to sacrifice for space.

Milton Landing has been recognized by the Metropolitan Area Planning Council and Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance as one of 28 projects in the Greater Boston Area emblematic of “smart growth.”

Smart Growth

Transit-Oriented Developments

Located steps from the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s Milton Transit Station on the Red Line, Milton Landing achieves the core principles of a transit-oriented development: 

  • Provides livable sustainable growth with better access to jobs and opportunity;
  • Realizes lower regional congestion, air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions;
  • Reduces transportation costs for residents—freeing up household income for other purposes.
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