Transforming and Repositioning

| 200 Forest Street Development
Marlborough, Massachusetts

SMMA's corporate and development clients often seek our guidance regarding the potential of real estate opportunities. Many times, the goal is to evaluate the opportunity for rezoning and determining environmentally responsible solutions and associated premium development costs.

Marlborough Hills is a successful example of SMMA, as part of a development team, envisioning and planning a mixed-use redevelopment for a client. The project’s owner, Atlantic Management Corporation, presented us with a challenge: Update an underutilized and outdated office park, focusing equally on economic viability and environmental responsibility.

SMMA began by assisting Atlantic Management in creating a mixed-use overlay district, which increased the site’s development potential. We then turned our focus to master planning efforts.

SMMA is currently leading the site design and permitting of the new commercial spaces while also providing coordination expertise for the residential, hotel, and retail projects.

Live, Work, Play

To accommodate the scope of the project, the master plan anticipated the redevelopment of existing buildings and potential sale of land for new development. Understanding that redevelopment would be tenant-driven, SMMA’s design emphasizes flexibility—development envelopes and tenant spaces share common access and infrastructure, but function independently.

The master plan approved by the Marlborough City Council comprised 980,000 square feet of commercial offices, 50,000 square feet of retail space, a 350-unit residential development, and a 140-key hotel, and also incorporated shared parking and a trail system linked to the City’s Open Space and Recreation Plan.

Eco-Friendly Emissions Measures

The project required review under the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) Office, and SMMA contributed to the Expanded Environmental Notification Form (ENF) and an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) waiver. A critical component in preparing the Expanded ENF and EIR waiver was completing a stationary-source greenhouse gas (GHG) analysis, demonstrating compliance with MEPA Greenhouse Gas Policy and Protocol. SMMA utilized energy modeling as a means of estimating potential savings from various building energy-efficiency measures and resulting emissions reductions.

An Abundance of Options

AvalonBay Communities commenced construction of the residential development in early Spring 2014, with anticipated full occupancy by Spring 2016. Minneapolis-based CSM Corporation retained SMMA’s Site Design Group to design and permit the hotel development—a Hilton Garden Inn—for which construction began in Summer 2014. SMMA will continue to work with Atlantic Management to develop the retail portion of the master plan.

Getting In on the Ground Floor

SMMA is leading the design of the GE Healthcare Life Sciences new Northeast headquarters, located at Marlborough Hills. When all phases are completed, the 250,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facility will include labs, manufacturing space, and corprate offices. Click below to continue reading about this project.

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