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March 21, 2023

With The Kiln completed, architect looks forward to next Worcester project with developer

Photo | Courtesy of Maugel DeStefano Architects, Inc. The Kiln at 222 Brooks St. in Worcester
Photo | Courtesy of Maugel DeStefano Architects, Inc. The Kiln at 222 Brooks St. in Worcester

The Kiln, a 111-unit apartment complex by developer GoVenture Capital Group in Worcester’s Greendale neighborhood, has completed construction, according to architecture firm Maugel DeStefano Architects, Inc. who designed the project. The firm is already looking to its next local project with the Worcester developer.

The Kiln at 222 Brooks St. features market-rate studios, one- and two-bedroom apartments starting at a rental price of $1,600 a month, according to a June press release from GoVenture.

“Sited in an area with a mix of commercial businesses and single-family homes, the design team used modern industrial forms and materials and a residential scale to blend the development into the surrounding context,” Maugel DeStefano wrote in a Monday press release from the architects.

In addition to GoVenture Capital Group and Maugel DeStefano Architects, project team members included engineers Hannigan Engineering, Inc. of Leominster and New-Hampshire-based TFMoran, Inc. 

"The art of balancing aesthetics and construction costs began in the earliest phases of design, when geometric simplicity and compositions of attractive, durable materials define marketability and control costs," Jeremy Baldwin, multifamily studio lead at Maugel DeStefano Architects, said in the press release.

Maugel DeStefano has partnered again with Worcester-based GoVenture and New Jersey-based The Michaels Organization to design a 364-unit apartment building at 274 Franklin St. in Worcester. The project will replace a group of blighted warehouse buildings at the base of Worcester’s Grafton Hill neighborhood.

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March 27, 2023

1600$ for a studio apartment? What the hell!? How on earth is anyone supposed to afford that? The rents in Massachusetts are going insane. This certainly won't help. Something needs to be done about this. God forbid you don't have perfect credit. It's going to turn into LA with the homeless problem. Something has to give. When the cost of living goes up 20 to 30% and incomes only go up 4% there's serious problems with that.

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