UDA was approached to design a mixed-use building with retail and office space on the first floor on a prominent local site. Local zoning requirements require a retail use on the ground floor and the owner is requiring an additional 18 residential units on the upper floors. Easily the biggest challenge on this project is the site itself. Bordered by an easement on one side, a heavily trafficked parking lot on another, and fronted by a State roadway, there are limited options for the siting of a building on the lot.
We were stuck! The renovation of Walpole’s original 1903 Carnegie Library had come to a standstill. We needed help! Along came Kevin Uniacke and his team with a completely innovative and creative idea about how to remove an antiquated and obtrusive stairwell. It was a great moment! Today, that architectural suggestion, along with several other key ideas, greatly contributed to the successful renovation and transformation of Walpole’s old public library into a modern office building, while maintaining its essential historical heritage. Kevin, a job well done. Thank you!