Brookside Artist Studios projects
In 2001, New Atlantic was hired by a group of artists living and working in a dilapidated, 100-year-old rubber factory in Boston's Jamaica Plain neighborhood, to redevelop the property in a way that would assure its long-term affordability for working artists. On behalf of Brookside Artists LLC, New Atlantic developed a plan to acquire and redevelop the 28,000 square foot complex of buildings originally built as the Steadman Rubber Factory. The four-year effort resulted in 18 affordable artists' live/work lofts, 3 market rate live/work lofts, and 3 commercial condominiums. Many of the live/work studios were designed to accommodate the unique needs of individual artists. The total project cost was $5.7 million. Boston's Department of Neighborhood Development and the Neighborhood Housing Trust provided grants to the project as part of Mayor Menino's Artist Space Initiative. The project was designed by ICON Architecture and constructed by the Lojek Company.