The former Ropewalk Factory in the Charlestown Navy Yard will finally be reinvented, thanks to Frontier Enterprises.
The 160,000 square foot development has sat unused since 1971, with its unusual layout and historical heritage preventing developers from taking on the challenge of reusing it.
Plans for the redevelopment include 97 apartments, a mix of one, two and three bedrooms. The building is 45-feet wide throughout most of the interior and it is over a quarter mile long, which poses a unique challenge for redesigning the space.
In order to adapt to this design the apartments will be built townhouse style, one after the other. Twenty of the apartments will be designated as affordable as well.
The 180-year-old granite will not lose all of its historic elements in the redesign. The plans include a rope making museum at one end of the complex and a display of hemp-pulling machines that were previously used in the building.
One downside to the development is that it will not include onsite parking and potential residents will need to prove they have designated parking somewhere else.
Developers are hoping to get approved by next month and if all goes well they hope to begin construction by labor day.
Stay tuned to see how this unique development progresses!