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Old 06-01-2016, 02:57 PM   #1
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Proposed The Ropewalk | 5th Street | Charlestown Navy Yard





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Old 06-01-2016, 03:14 PM   #2
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From the link above:

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New life planned for old Charlestown rope factory

By Jon Chesto GLOBE STAFF MAY 20, 2016

Joe Timilty walks past the old hemp spools, down a fire-charred corridor that stretches as far as the eye can see, and muses about the success that is almost within his reach.

He is about to accomplish a task that no other developer has been able to pull off: resurrecting the old Ropewalk complex in the Charlestown Navy Yard.

Redeveloping a structure with these quirky dimensions would be tough enough — it’s more than a quarter-mile long but only 45 feet wide for most of its length. Then add the stiff historic requirements imposed by the National Park Service and the Massachusetts Historical Commission for the roughly 180-year-old granite building. Steel tracks that run down the length of the mill, for example, must be incorporated into the design.

“Seventeen people tried this over the years,” Timilty says as traffic rumbles by on nearby Route 1 and Chelsea Street, and it’s not clear if he’s talking to himself or to a visitor along for the tour. “They all walked away.”

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Finally, there’s a tentative date for the construction crews to arrive. They’ll convert this nearly 160,000-square-foot complex, including an adjacent “tar house,” into 97 apartments. To help finance the $42.5 million project, Timilty’s Boston-based firm, Frontier Enterprises Inc., has secured a loan commitment worth up to $31 million from the Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency.

Now all that’s left is a final approval from the BRA for a long-term lease that will allow Frontier to take over. Timilty, a former state senator, hopes that could happen at the authority’s June meeting, and that construction can begin before Labor Day.


The goal: getting the bulk of these units done by next summer, in time for the peak rental season. There will be a mix of one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments, and Timilty hopes to command monthly rents from $2,500 to $3,500, depending on the unit. Twenty will rent for much less than that, to meet the affordable housing threshold required to get the project financed.

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Old 06-01-2016, 10:02 PM   #3
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Looked through the PNF and NPC: when I look through documents, I typically just look for cool renderings and site plans, then search out things that have to do with bicycles. On both fronts these project documents are pretty disappointing. Not to say that this is a bad project-- but if you're looking for renders, you'll be disappointed. This will just be a major cleanup job of several existing buildings and the parcel they sit on. No new structures or anything like that, they'll be converting what is currently a vacant historical set of buildings into residences and a museum.

On the bike front: they'll be doing bike parking-- really? Just one spot per unit? Some of these are three-bedrooms!-- and zero bike lanes or other improvements. They point to a lack of bicycle use found by their traffic study as a reason not to build additional facilities. To my mind, if you never build the cycletrack, you'll never have cyclists, not the other way around. But I suppose it's a neat project all the same.
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Old 06-02-2016, 09:04 PM   #4
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Old 06-02-2016, 10:50 PM   #5
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Yeah, plus light rail to Chelsea. Cool.
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Old 07-08-2016, 05:14 PM   #6
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power point presentation July 6, 2016:

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Old 08-15-2016, 09:02 PM   #7
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Site fenced off and moble office on site.



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Old 08-16-2016, 04:59 AM   #8
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Oh wow, I love this building because it is so odd but such good materials (who doesn't love granite blocks?). I was a bit worried to see this thread at first, though. Looks like this will actually guarantee it is preserved. Phew.
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Old 08-28-2016, 07:40 PM   #9
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Old 12-15-2017, 02:40 PM   #11
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Finally, potential movement on the Ropewalk and Chain Forge...

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The Ropewalk and Chain Forge projects are proceeding, with financing nearly in place and site preparation scheduled for coming months. The Ropewalk is the quarter-mile-long Navy building behind the fence along Chelsea Street, which is expected to be rehabilitated into 90 rental units. The Chain Forge (Building 105) will be designed for a 230-room hotel with off-site parking. It is located on First Avenue between Ninth and Thirteenth
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Old 01-02-2018, 09:56 AM   #12
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from bldup: Ropewalk Apartments in Charlestown Navy Yard move forward with long-term ground lease closing
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