Orient Heights

East Boston, MA

ICON evaluated the existing 1950s Orient Heights housing in an A/E study for three potential conditions: re-use, hybrid (new and rehab), or new construction. The heart of the resultant Master Plan will be the renovated Community Center, surrounded by play areas and lushly landscaped open spaces for families to gather and grow. The 331 public housing residents are being rehoused in energy-efficient, gracious, and sustainable new townhomes and four story midrise buildings, arrayed across this hillside site. The first phase comprises 120 homes in five buildings and achieved LEED for Homes Platinum. A gracious entry plaza and rhythmic streetscape creates a new image for this visible location just north of Boston. Phase Two (88 units) is on track for completion in the spring of 2020.