"We believe that healthy buildings are the foundation for strong and vibrant neighborhoods. Our work has been called adaptive reuse, mill renewal, restoration--we call it building history for a sustainable future."
--Robert Ansin, CEO of Mass Innovation and developer of Monarch on the Merrimack
Well, you can call it whatever you want but Monarch on the Merrimack is the real deal! Mass Innovation took a run down mill and converted it into 600 eco-luxury lofts. Over a 1/3 of a mile long, the mill, located on the riverfront in Lawrence, MA, is now New England's largest eco-luxury development. Once regarded as an industrial city outside of Boston, Lawrence is turning green, spearheaded by the Monarch development.
The lofts range from 1,200 to 6,000 square feet...and in price from $200,000 to $1,000,000. They are slated for opening in October 2007 with 25% already pre-sold. Their biggest green feature is that the entire development is heated and cooled through geothermal technology, making Monarch on the Merrimack the largest single residential geothermal heating and cooling project in the United States. Low maintenance over the long-haul and even lower utility bills in the short-term make this an extremely attractive offer to potential Monarch residents. Other features (green and otherwise) include:
- Sustainable materials used in construction
- Eco-friendly light dimmer switches
- Reclaimed flooring
- Large windows (natural light)
- High Ceilings
- Bamboo counter tops
- Low consumption toilets
- 6-acre private park
- Green roof
- Workout facility
The pictures alone for this bad boy make Monarch one of my favorite new developments. I have always loved warehouse-style living and reusing and remaking the mill into green residential living is awesome.