There are few areas of the city that are changing more rapidly than the section of South Boston near the Broadway T station. For some visitors, it seems like the landscape looks different every time they amble off the Red Line escalator.
And there are few firms more involved right now in this transformation than RODE Architects, the South End firm run by Eric Robinson and Kevin Deabler.
The Boston Redevelopment Authority earlier this month approved their latest venture, the conversion of a former rivet factory at 69 A St. into a six-story office building. This follows the opening of the Coppersmith restaurant on West Third Street last September, another industrial conversion they designed.
Then there’s the hotel at 6 West Broadway and the condo project at 14 West Broadway, a two-pronged project being developed by City Point Capital. The complex, which replaces the Cornerstone Pub, will consist of two tower structures enclosing a 160-room hotel and 49 condo units, along with 20,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space.
Robinson says he’s not quite sure how his firm ended up with so much action in such a concentrated area. Perhaps, he says, it can be traced back to the work his firm did about eight years ago to help secure permits for a project that eventually included Worden Hall, the new West Broadway restaurant.
For two Dorchester guys who aspire to shape the city they live in, watching this area’s revival — through a transition from old industrial to vibrant residential — is particularly satisfying.
“We’re seeing the movement of pulling the density toward the train stations [all over the city] and we think that’s a good thing,” Robinson says. “West Broadway, in our minds, is an interesting case study of that happening and it’s been successful so far.”