Middle Street Housing is a new construction that will include 45 units of affordable senior housing. The project is in the design phase and is in preparations for funding review. There were several key design considerations. The first was to fit in well with the historic downtown neighborhood. This ground up infill development is situated in a prime downtown location that will allow its future residents with easy pedestrian access to all downtown Gloucester has to offer. The exterior of the building relates well to the rhythm, scale and materials of its architectural context featuring a blend of red brick, clapboards, commercial storefront windows and standing seam metal roofing accents. Another goal of the project was to meet the new senior housing guidelines and standards for aging in place to allow the project’s residents to have the features and amenities to fully enjoy this new building.