DeNormandie Wharf, located on the waterfront in East Boston, is the site of the former Hodge Boiler Works building. The Boiler Works came into business in 1865 when the shipping industry began to convert from clipper ships to steam ships. During this transition, Hodge Boiler Works produced steam engines for the old clipper ships and for the new steam ships, including the engine used to power Humphrey Bogart’s famous boat in the film The African Queen. The Boiler Works was in business until the turn of the century. The DeNormandie Companies purchased the property out of foreclosure and razed the old building.
In its place, DeNormandie Companies has planned high end residential space. The new building will remain in touch with its historic industrial roots, however, with such architectural details as glass-block windows and extra wide window bays.
The planned DeNormandie Wharf will be eight stories and have 119 apartments and a small bed and breakfast overlooking Boston Harbor. The apartments will be studios, one bedroom, two bedroom, and penthouse level duplexes. The property will also include a waterfront café, a marina, a marina services building, and a water taxi stop. Additionally, there will be a public plaza incorporated into the city’s Harbor Walk. DeNormandie Wharf has two levels of below-grade parking and is within walking distance of the Maverick T Stop on the Blue Line.
DeNormandie Wharf will incorporate a number of sustainable design principles in order to minimize its environmental impact. The development is considered infill redevelopment, which enhances a pre-existing urban area rather than contributing to sprawl. The property is a short walk from public transportation, and the garage has designated parking for bicycles and zip cars.
The building will have a storm water filtration management system to minimize its runoff impact, and there will also be a rainwater recovery system which will provide water for the landscape. Heating and cooling will be provided by geothermal well systems and made more efficient by low-e coated glass.
The interiors will include recyclable carpet and FSC certified wood oak floors with recycled content.