The Edge

Allston and Brookline
Key Elements
  • Below-grade parking
  • 79 apartments 
  • LEED Platinum Certification  

The Edge project involved converting a light industrial site in Allston/Brookline into an upscale residential community. The 76,000-square-foot, four-story development includes 79 loft-style apartments, as well as below-grade parking and a surface parking lot, an outdoor patio/roof garden, and a landscaped entry court.  Nitsch provided civil engineering services to support the transformation of the site.  

Nitsch prepared the Project Notification Form to permit the project with the Boston Planning and Development Agency, which included evaluating the existing utilities, assessing stormwater and water discharge and demands, and designing site layout and utilities. We then moved design forward to prepare construction documents.  

We also provided permitting assistance for the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Public Improvement Commission permit, and Boston Water and Sewer Commission permit. We also prepared documentation to support LEED Sustainable Site Prerequisite 1 (Erosion and Sediment Control) and Credits 6.1 and 6.2 (Stormwater Quantity and Quality).  

The project earned LEED for Homes Platinum Certification and is one of three housing complexes that make up the new “Allston Green District.” 

Key Collaborators  

Owner: The Mount Vernon Company 
Architect: PCA 
Landscape Architect: Ulrich Landscape Collaborative