Replacing a derelict manufacturing center, Spencer Row creates 32 new affordable family apartments in one of Chelsea’s up-and-coming areas, the Spencer Corridor. The 1/2-acre site sits one mile out of downtown Chelsea with multiple bus routes available nearby, but still exudes a neighborhood quality. The three-story building sits on a podium of parking garage, integrating large family townhouses and private entries into the front of the building. A first floor meeting room and laundry benefit all residents, while private decks and yards provide an outdoor area for each unit. Designed to be LEED for Homes certifiable, the development incorporates energy recovery, leading edge envelope systems, and appropriate interior finishes to meet high sustainability standards.