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30 Haven Street Development on Schedule for June 1 Opening

Construction continues on street-level retail space; finish work on residential space.

Based on what you see when you drive or walk past 30 Haven St., would you expect the space to be move-in ready in roughly two months?

On the ground level, you can see through what will become retail space between Haven Street and the Brande Court parking lot behind the building. The space, which is open to the street and parking lot now, hasn’t yet been partitioned for business tenants yet.

Apartments on the upper levels, floors two through four, have a totally different feel. All 53 of them are completely weather-tight, with interior walls dividing the rooms. Some have kitchen cabinets and countertops.  

The target date for the building to open: June 1, according to Oaktree Construction, LLC Senior Project Manager Erwin “Skip” Rose. The job is on schedule, Rose said, but the timing is tight.

The street-level space is being built in place; the upper floors were pre-fabricated, Rose pointed out.

Patch took a tour of the building Friday.

Hard-hatted tradesmen are doing finish work on the apartments, Rose said, such as connecting building systems between the 105 modular boxes. Most of the construction work is done there, he said.

The apartments are divided almost evenly, Rose said, between one and two-bedroom units. Five units are affordable. Three are handicapped-accessible.

The building has no retail tenants yet, Rose said. The building plans show six retail spaces on the ground level.

Seventy-eight parking spaces have been created under the building, according to Rose. Some, he said, are for the owners of the retail spaces.

When construction is done, 17 angled parking spaces will return in front of the building on Haven Street. They are not dedicated to the building, Rose said.

Having the residential units prefabricated saved about six months of construction time, Rose said. While the building’s foundation and utilities were going in, the “boxes” were being made by Keiser Homes in Maine, in a controlled environment, Rose said.

“Time is money,” Rose said, quoting an often-repeated axiom.

Check out photos of retail and residential spaces taken Friday.

Mansard is handling the retail space (617-674-2043); Oak Tree the residential units (617-410-6491); and SEB, LLC the affordable rate apartments (617-782-6900).

Emily M April 09, 2012 at 12:45 PM
very interested to see if ANY retail tenants are even interested.
Emily M April 09, 2012 at 01:00 PM
wonder what the rent is on these units?
M April 09, 2012 at 02:00 PM
Emily - Thursday's Advocate had an advertisement for a housing lottery for the "affordable" one and two bedroom units, and the 1 br affordable units are $1140, 2 BR $1273, see http://www.ci.reading.ma.us/pages/ReadingMA_PlanningNews/30%20Haven%20St%20AH%20Info.pdf for the income limits. I don't know the full market rate for the apartments. I think perhaps around 20% more?
Ashley Troutman April 09, 2012 at 08:45 PM
There is no rate set yet for market-rate apartments. They should be out within the next week or so. Check in with us for details.
Karl Weld April 10, 2012 at 04:27 AM
So are we on the EDC. Apparently it's top secret.

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