You don’t have to truck all the way over to Somerville’s Assembly Square Mall to visit a LegoLand — we’ve got one right here on Concord Avenue at Wheeler Street, where a 6-story building is going up, lego-style, with factory-made modular components. Phase I of 603 Concord Avenue (61 units + 7,112 s.f. of ground floor retail) is taking shape very quickly, as we couldn’t help but notice last weekend when the pre-fab units arrived on giant trailers via Route 2. The pre-fab mod pods were dropped off and staged along New Street, and then trailered over to the construction site next to Trader Joe’s, where a giant crane lifted and stacked them into place, just like Legos. Another 50 units will be added next door during Phase II. Bring the kids (and your hardhats).
Why the snarky comments about these new projects being modular? What does the construction method have to do with the density issues this group is concerned about?
Modular buildings may produce a reliable product, but they do it in a far away factory. Local labor = local prosperity.