Archstone Avenir at North Station

Boston, MA
Key Elements
  • Transit-oriented, mixed-use development 
  • Operating subway system below the site 
  • New street layout, easement plans, and several discontinuance plans

Archstone Avenir, is a 10-floor transportation-oriented development that includes retail on the ground floor, a 116-space parking garage on the second and third floors, and 241 residential units. The project represented a public-private partnership between Trinity Financial and the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA), which runs North Station (which partially lies beneath the building).  

Nitsch provided land surveying services for the lease purchase and design. We performed topographic and cadastral surveys for the site, which was the first parcel to be developed as part of the Central Artery/Tunnel (CA/T) renewal program. The project featured several unique aspects, including an operating subway system below the site which had to be surveyed. We surveyed the utilities that run within the abutting streets and feed the station or cross the new CA/T tunnel. In collaboration with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) and the City of Boston, Nitsch’s surveyors designed two new streets, easement plans, and discontinuance plans. An ALTA/NSPS plan was also prepared. 

For the development site, Nitsch performed civil engineering services. We designed site layout and graded the space adjacent to the sidewalk for the public, and designed and obtained permits from Boston Water and Sewer Commission for utility services, such as the relocation of a 30″ water main. The project was permitted with MassDOT and the MBTA due to the operating subway system below the development site. 

Key Collaborators

Owner: Trinity Financial 
Architect: ICON Architecture, Inc. 
Construction: Dimeo Construction Company