City and state officials recently helped celebrate the near-completion of a new luxury apartment development on the site of the former Charleston Chew factory. The Batch Yard is a three-building complex of 328 market-rate units on Charlton Street in the city’s Lower Broadway section, about a half-mile from the site of the planned Wynn Resorts casino. Post Road Residential of Fairfield, Conn., is carrying out the $90 million redevelopment, which is now partly occupied, according to city officials. The former factory had been vacant since 1985, when production moved to a Nabisco facility in Cambridge. The development was given the tagline “The Sweeter Side of Living” in honor of the site’s historic use. Post Road Residential also incorporated features in the project recalling the candy maker, including reclaimed wood from the original buildings, art pieces with the Charleston Chew theme, and the placement of the original factory sign on the roof-top deck. In a statement, Mayor Carlos DeMaria Jr. called the Batch Yard “the perfect blend of Everett’s past and future. We are proud to have it open its doors in our city.”
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