This $4.1 million adaptive reuse development transformed a 1903 industrial wire and brush factory into attractive, affordable, multi-unit family housing. The building totals 46,594 SF, and includes 8, 1-bedroom units and 70, 2-bedroom units. The site has attractive green space, walkways, a gazebo and raised planters.
Originally the Bromwell Brush and Wire Goods Co., the building was a vacated, turn of the century, heavy timber and masonry industrial building. One challenge common with industrial adaptive reuse is the need to remediate hazardous materials (at this site, arsenic). Another challenge overcome by our team was that in order to meet the required unit count we had to build in previously unoccupied attic space. This meant that the roof line had to be altered in a manner that was appropriate to the age and character of the building. The beauty of a building like this is that we were able to capitalize on many of the unique features of heavy timber construction. We took many opportunities to leave exposed timber and heavy cast iron connections on the interior. And on the exterior, previously painted brick was restored to its natural state.