Developers and public officials on Monday broke ground on the Ashmont Station-adjacent mixed-used development known as Ashmont TOD2. The former Ashmont Tire property has been rebranded “Treadmark,” a reference to the site’s automotive history.
Gov. Charlie Baker and Mayor Martin Walsh joined members of Trinity Financial, Inc.’s development team at the celebration across from the Carruth Building, another Trinity project that served as inspiration for the new building’s design.
“This is not the first transit-oriented development project in this neighborhood,” said Baker. “You have a neighborhood that has absolutely managed to pursue not only excellence, but also reach its potential by a significant opportunity, especially with this new development, so new arrivals and folks who are a part of this community will be able to afford to stay here and afford to start here.”
Treadmark comprises 83 units of mixed-income housing, 51 of them affordable rental units and 32 homeownership condominiums. Four of the condos are available to those making 80-to-100 percent of area median income (AMI); sixteen are geared toward workforce housing, available for up to 110 percent AMI; and the remaining 12 will be sold at market rate pricing.
The building also includes 5,000 square feet for ground floor retail. Trinity representatives told the Reporter last week that American Provisions, a specialty food store that has become a popular South Boston destination, will be the development's anchor commercial tenant.
Treadmark continues a pattern of new investment in Dorchester, Mayor Walsh said at the groundbreaking. The commitment of community members and elected officials, in concert with invested developers and stakeholders, has allowed projects like this to be embraced in their neighborhoods, he said.
“Dorchester is the place to be,” he said. “Dorchester is the place where people want to come into.” A decade ago, “not a lot of people were banging down doors to say, ‘We want to do development on Dorchester Ave. We want to open up a couple of restaurants. We want to do some revitalization.’ And that’s because of the great work of all of you.”
Officials got a peek at a potential condominium design that was laid out at an office in the Carruth building. HGTV host and Lower Mills-based designer Taniya Nayak, who designed the Lower Mills Tavern that her husband owns, is the creative mind behind the interiors of Treadmark’s 83 units.
Condominium owners will walk across herringbone flooring, pull aside modern barn doors to enter their bedrooms or bathrooms, and have customized wall decals to set off their rooms.
The Carruth served as the spark for this development, said state Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry, who joined her fellow elected officials in thanking James Keefe and the rest of Trinity’s team for their investment in the neighborhood.
“The development of Treadmark is part of a larger effort that has been under way since the 1990s, including Peabody Square improvements, the Carruth, and the redevelopment of Ashmont Station,” said Trinity Financial senior project manager Mathieu Zahler. “The community is aware, committed, and ready to welcome additional change.”