On Friday we noted the proposal for 62 modular apartments at the old pharmaceutical factory on Lagrange Street in noted Roslindale neighbor West Roxbury. We asked you to write in to the ever-discreet Curbed Boston Tipline if you knew of any other prefab, boxy-like structure in this Hub of Jazz Age Victorians and antebellum townhouses. You did.
Up top is (are?) the Flats at 44 Gerrish in Chelsea, the next Next Somerville. Developed by KBS Building Systems and the Traggorth Companies, it contains 42 modular apartments set around an existing brick building with four more. The pre-constructed housing was "set," as the parlance goes, in mid-November 2013, and ready for occupancy in March 2014. That's barely four months between start and finish, an eye-blink compared with traditional construction. Here's another example:
Belgrade Place, like the proposal for Lagrange Street, is in West Roxbury. The 39-unit project at 446 Belgrade Avenue, which includes a two-level underground parking garage, was the first new apartment complex in the neighborhood in more than 40 years when it was completed in mid-2012. Also developed by KBS, its studios, 1-BRs, 2-BRs and 3-BRs run from about 540 to 1560 square feet. Oh, and it was set in five days. Such is the advantage of building boxes elsewhere and plunking them into place.
· Boxed In: Modular Apartments Pitched for West Roxbury [Curbed Boston]
· Rats and Snobs: the Changing West Roxbury/Roslindale Rivalry [Curbed Boston]
· Meet the Next Somerville: Everett [Curbed Boston]