2008 MFE Awards
Merit: Best Reuse of Land

Submitted by: John M. Corcoran and Co. It was the town dump, and now it's the crown jewel. Braintree, Mass.-based developer John M. Corcoran and Co. (JMC) successfully turned a contaminated brownfield site into a LEED-certified, 100 percent smoke-free apartment community boasting 238 units with rents ranging from $1,150 to $2,570 per month.

After cleaning and decontaminating the 3.87-acre residential site, JMC applied sustainable construction practices, including the recycling of construction waste, using regional building materials, and controlling environmental air quality. An additional 7.4 acres were set aside as open green space, and JMC also purchased an adjacent 0.95-acre parcel that the firm donated to the city of Chelsea for a public park that the developer pledges to maintain in perpetuity.