By John Lynds
One of the amenities that made the Boston East Site waterfront development project on Border Street unique was the plan to include affordable living and work space for East Boston’s growing artist community.
Situated right next door to the Atlantic Works Building, the home of the East Boston Artists Group, the Boston East Site promised to expand opportunity for the neighborhood’s artists that have contributed to the diversity and culture of Eastie.
This week, Trinity Financial and the East Boston Community Development Corporation (who also runs the Atlantic Works Building) announced that applications are now available for artists looking to rent one of six affordable live-work-sell units at the development.
For an opportunity to live in this artist community, Boston Planning and Development Agency-certified artists must submit their completed applications by June 16, 2017. Income restrictions and artist form review apply. Applications are available at 31 Liverpool Street, East Boston, MA or by emailing [email protected]
Trinity and the CDC broke ground last May on the $71 million waterfront development project. With construction nearing completion on the 200 unit boutique residential community, Trinity and the CDC are hoping to attract artists to the six affordable units. Overall, 20 of the 200 units will be made affordable for individuals and families earning up to 70 percent of Area Median Income.
We’re excited to announce that we now have applications available for artist live-work-sell units at Boston East – a space that provides artists with the opportunity to live in a welcoming environment that fosters creativity, community and the arts,” said Vice president of Trinity Financial Abby Goldenfarb. “Because of its outstanding amenities, eclectic design and ideal location, Boston East is the perfect complement to the thriving arts scene in East Boston.”
Boston East will also feature a large first floor gallery that overlooks the harbor and will showcase work from local and regional artists.
According to Goldenfarb, the six artist live-work-sell units will be located on the first floor of Boston East and are designed to meet the unique needs of artists through spacious apartments, flexible floor plans, and an abundance of natural light. Apartments feature the latest amenities, including GE slate appliances, plank flooring, quartz countertops and custom walk-in closets. Artists will also have access to a community gallery and outdoor patio spaces attached to their units where they can sell their work.
“East Boston is one of the most dynamic neighborhoods in the City, and the arts community is just one of the reasons why it is such a great place to live,” said Goldenfarb. “From local galleries and arts organizations to the ICA’s planned expansion, East Boston offers aspiring artists a rich cultural experience and an inspiring community of collaboration.”
Boston East, which is designed by ICON Architecture, will also feature an acre of open space that includes a number of community outdoor spaces – including multiple decks and a large rooftop lounge. A harbor walk trail will extend around and past the development, and residents will also have access to on site paddle boarding and a kayak launch.