Village Green Tewksbury
Mixed Use Development – Tewksbury MA
Village Green is a 10-acre, 6 building, 145,000 square foot, mixed-use development. The project consists of two rehabbed multi-tenant office buildings totaling 30,000 feet, a 10,000 square foot childcare center, a 20,000 square foot retail/service building, a credit union and a 56-unit apartment building. Omni’s permitting strategy focused on a public / private partnership approach. The Town of Tewksbury needed a signalized intersection to serve the town’s middle school. In return, the town supported a mixed-use project and the use of Chapter 40B to create permits for the residential phase of the development in a commercial zone.
As a gesture of good will, Omni donated and moved a three-bedroom house slated for demolition to a lot owned by the Tewksbury Housing Authority. The goal was to provide additional affordable housing for families in need. More>
The original building at Village Green housed the Burke School. Omni purchased the building after it had been empty for some time and began the process of converting the class rooms to office space. Half Pints Child Care originally occupied the first floor but eventually moved to a new 10,000 square foot building that Omni built for them. The building was divided into separate condominiums, all interior and exterior upgraded, and now is home to various medical and professional services.
Childcare – 10,000 SF
Half Pints childcare, original housed on the first floor of Building 2, needed updated and additional space to handle the 100+ children who go to school there. Omni designed and built a 10,000 square foot building in the Village Green complex to accommodate Half Pint’s needs.
Retail Space – 19,500 SF
Omni’s vision of the Village Green project included retail space that would service both the complex and the surrounding area. With 9 retail shops located at the front of the project, locals have access to a variety of services and specialties. The space is home to a restaurant, salon, butcher shop, fitness center, and a variety of other services.
Metro Credit Union – SF
Metro Credit Union’s efforts to expand to the metro west area brought them to the Village Green Project in Tewksbury. Metro’s branch located at the front of the project, was a collaborative design effort between Metro, Omni, and Maugel Architects and was the first of the new branch branding throughout the Metrowest area.
Village Green Residential Apartments
The original plan for the residential phase was to build 56 “For Sale” condominiums. All required permits were granted by summer 2007. With housing values declining, Omni wisely held off building the condominiums and re-permitted rental apartments in 2008. The unsolicited gift of a home to the Tewksbury Housing Authority engendered support from the State Senator and Representative who serve Tewksbury and helped Omni obtained $872,500 in state grants to defray the cost of building the 12 required affordable units. Omni also worked with the Tewksbury Housing Authority to obtain a contract for “Project Based” Section 8 rental vouchers that provide “Fair Market Rents” for the affordable units.
These subsidies enabled construction during the banking and liquidity crisis that triggered the recession. Omni also installed $200,000 of solar electric panels, with the aid of state funded rebates and a payment in lieu of Federal Tax Credits. The solar panels will save $8,000 per year in electricity costs.