Chelsea, MA

Janus Highland Apartments

LOCATED IN CHELSEA’S BOX DISTRICT, THE JANUS HIGHLAND APARTMENT COMPLEX IS A PRIME EXAMPLE OF LOW-INCOME HOUSING DONE RIGHT.

Open since May 2013, Chelsea, Massachusetts’ Box District neighborhood boasts a mix of affordable rental homes, market-rate rental homes and condominiums developed by the for-profit Mitchell Properties and The Neighborhood Developers (TND), a non-profit, Chelsea-based Community Development Corporation.   The 41-unit Janus Highland Apartments is one of several completed projects contained within this unique residential area.

The Janus Highland property is known for encapsulating the look and feel of traditional Chelsea architecture, but with a fresh twist.  Janus’ two- and three-story buildings are situated on three different development parcels in the Box District, at the sites of the former Janus Fabrications Company and the Atlas Bedding Factory.  A number of historical building elements were retained during construction to remain consistent with the Box District’s distinctive vibe, and to pay homage to the area’s once-booming industrial past.

To cut down on maintenance costs, provide added security, and preserve the buildings’ clean aesthetic, over 400 of Kane Innovations’ Operable Top-Hinged Aluminum Protector Security Screens were ordered and installed on the Janus apartment buildings in the winter of 2008. Kane Innovations worked closely with Northeast Interiors, Inc. General Contracting out of Braintree, MA, to complete the large project.  Prior to this venture, the Northeast Interiors group had partnered with the Kane team on numerous occasions to provide housing and healthcare facilities with a variety of window security solutions.  Likewise, developers TND have used – and continue to use – Kane’s screens on several other projects in and around the Boston region.

Over $72 million in public and private investments went to transforming the vacant, run-down industrial area into what is now a beautiful, low-income, multifamily housing complex that includes over 250 households and a lush, resident-designed community park.

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