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Washington Mills Building No 1

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Architectural Heritage Foundation's Washington Mills Building No 1 marks the largest single private investment in downtown Lawrence in decades. The project involves renovation of the 240,000 square foot former textile mill in Lawrence into 155 residential live/work units that preserve the area's rich history.

The project is the first major mill redevelopment in the Reviviendo Gateway, an area targeted by the city for investment and where a zoning overlay district encourages the reuse of the historic mills. Building No 1 is also located approximately 1/2 mile from the city's new intermodal transit center and only blocks away from Lawrence's commercial corridor on Essex Street. This smart growth preservation project, backed by tremendous public and private support, has turned the lights back on in this district and leverage additional investment in the community.

AHF's partnership with the Banc of America CDC, the nation's largest bank-owned community development corporation in the country, has brought over $40 million of investment and 155 new downtown residents to one of the poorest communities in Massachusetts.

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Historic Stats
Building Date: 1886
Square Footage: 240,000
Style: Italianate, brick and timber mill
Historic Use: Woolen textile manufacturing
New Use: 155 housing units
Total Development Costs: $43M
Tax Credits:
Federal and State Historic Rehabilitation
Other Funding Sources:
Bank of America
Massachusetts Housing Partnership
Massachusetts Department of Housing
    and Community Development
Boston Community Capital
City of Lawrence
Development Team
Joint Venture Partners:
Banc of America CDC
Primary Lender(s):
Bank of America
Boston Community Capital
Durkee, Brown, Viveiros & Werenfels
General Contractor:
Kaplan Corp.
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