Overlook Terrace

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 this re-connected community will be the central green, a lushly landscaped open space 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 comprised 120 homes in five buildings and achieved LEED Platinum. Phase Two (88 units, anticipating LEED Gold) residents moved into their new homes this summer. The third and final phase of the project will include a mix of new construction buildings, the modernization of existing masonry rowhouses, and will complete the landscape improvements. The rhythmic streetscape terraces create a new image for this visible location just north of Boston.