The Apartments at Coolidge School Hold Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony
Historical Event Held On June 11th, 2009
Watertown, MA – June 11th, 2009 – The Apartments at Coolidge School, an active adult community 55+, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony today marking the complete construction of the project. Invited guests and residents enjoyed tours of the building and the apartments, acknowledgements from the developer, Bart Mitchell, remarks by Public Officials from the Town of Watertown and State of Massachusetts, and also dined on lunch from a local restaurant, the Uncommon Ground. Residents and a former student at The Coolidge School also said a few words to the crowd. Renovations to the building started in March 2008.
“There are so many people to thank for helping to make this happen,” said Bart Mitchell, Developer and President of Mitchell Properties. “Without the help and support from each one of you, The Coolidge School would not be what it is today. We are extremely proud of this project, and it has far exceeded our expectations.”
The 1915 brick schoolhouse, originally by designed by Clarence P. Hoyt and Curtis W. Bixby in Classical Revival style, has been fully restored and renovated inside and out. With only 38 residences, The Apartments at Coolidge School represents a special opportunity for active adults to live in an intimate, comfortable community. The apartments feature 9+ foot ceilings, oversized windows, Energy Star insulation and appliances, granite countertops, hardwood floors, in-home washer and dryer, and walk-in closets. Parking is available for all residents, along with available guest parking.
The Apartments at Coolidge School also boasts common area amenities including a fitness center, inviting library with fireplace and wireless internet, common kitchen, and restored auditorium for community events. The history of this property and the careful renovation undertaken of the historic exterior and interior common areas has led the Massachusetts Historic Commission to select this property to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Apartments at Coolidge School, located at 319 Arlington Street, Watertown MA, has been developed by Mitchell Properties, designed by The Architectural Team Inc. with interiors by Prellwitz Chilinski, has been constructed by CWC Builders, and is managed by HallKeen Management.
For more information, please visit www.thecoolidgeschool.com or call (617) 924-0370.
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About Mitchell Properties
Mitchell Properties is a Boston-based developer of high quality residential and mixed-use projects with an extensive portfolio including The Residences at 700 Harrison (Boston MA) which was just named a national finalist for “Best Mid-Rise Building 2008” by the National Association of Homebuilders. Other recent and current Mitchell Properties adaptive reuse projects turning historic schoolhouses and mills into housing include The Glenwood (Malden, MA), The Belmont (Malden MA) Cable Mills (Williamstown, MA), and Atlas Lofts (Chelsea MA). Mitchell Properties has expertise in adaptive reuse of historic structures and distinctive new construction.
About HallKeen Management
HallKeen is a diversified real estate company based in Norwood, Massachusetts focusing on the acquisition, development and management of affordable and mixed income housing. HallKeen’s current portfolio includes over 5,000 units of multi family residential housing in forty five separate partnerships, 258 units of assisted living residences in four partnerships, and approximately 1.5 million square feet of commercial space, inclusive of light industrial, office and biotech laboratory space. HallKeen has a strong presence throughout New England, spanning from Winooski, VT, to North Adams, MA; Berlin, NH to Danbury, CT; Portland, ME to Kingston, RI. While retaining prime focus on affordable housing, HallKeen manages a diverse portfolio of residential housing, commercial properties and assisted living communities. www.hallkeen.com
About CWC Builders, Inc
CWC Builders, Inc., founded in 1946, has built and renovated residential and commercial properties throughout New England valued at close to one billion dollars. The company has established an outstanding reputation of applying a progressive approach to the business of building, while remaining faithful to a tradition of completing jobs on time, within budget and to unparalleled standard of craftsmanship. www.cwcbuilders.com
About The Architectural Team, Inc.
Founded in 1971, The Architectural Team is an award-winning architectural firm specializing in designs for the residential, industrial/healthcare, commercial and hospitality/recreational markets. With its portfolio representing multiple sectors, The Architectural Team, based in Chelsea, MA, has gained a national reputation for design excellence and technical skill, particularly in the residential market, including apartments and condominiums, senior independent living communities, assisted living facilities, and skilled nursing centers. The firm’s housing portfolio includes more than 500 developments built numbering nearly 40,000 units, including more than 50 senior residential developments. www.architecturalteam.com
About Prellwitz Chilinski
Prellwitz Chilinski is a Cambridge-based architectural firm of thirty-six people who enjoy putting design into action on behalf of their clients. They bring an uncommon combination of business insight and creative problem-solving to each of their projects. The results speak for themselves: since 1982, PCA’s thoughtful, award-winning design has generated one success after another for their clients – projects that thrive in the marketplace and bring lasting value to communities. www.prellwitzchilinski.com