WHALE is thrilled to partner with the Community Economic Development Center (CEDC) on the Capitol Theater building, located in the North End on Acushnet Avenue. This transformative project will restore and rehabilitate the 1920 mixed-use film theater and commercial building for use as a resource hub for the North End.
The 25,000 SF building is currently over ninety percent vacant, but once rehabilitated will provide much-needed community space for CEDC and other local non-profits to expand programming and resources. In particular, this project has a focus on incorporating community co-working and small business incubator elements to stimulate local economic development, with food-oriented business incubator space and workshop space for vocational training. The rehabilitated building will also provide office space for CEDC, affordable housing, and resilience hub space. Beyond restoring the historic Capitol Theater building itself, this project will also contribute to the broader revitalization effort of the Acushnet Avenue corridor.
WHALE and CEDC are currently working on the design development phase of the project with Kathryn Duff, founder and director of local sustainable architectural practice studio2sustain.