Norwood Space Center

Norwood, MA
The Challenge

Transforming an historic mill into an inviting and flexible work environment for innovative businesses and artisans.

Cathartes and Juliano Enterprises Inc. collaborated to renovate over 300,000 sq. ft. across 24 buildings situated across 18 acres zoned for commercial use. Together we transformed this historic mill into a mixed­-use development set offering flexible work environments for innovative businesses and artisans.

Norwood Space Center is designed to attract a new type of business. Those creative entrepreneurs and artisans who are looking for a collaborative, non­traditional space that meets the needs of their business.

David DePree

The Strategy

The complete repositioning strategy included creating bays and commercial space with upgraded curb appeal.

The transformation to an inviting work environment required creating convenient access, natural light, and HVAC, as well as the addition of kitchen and bathroom facilities into a series of large industrial spaces that were not originally designed for commercial occupancy.

Phase One

Enhancing curb appeal by removing debris, improving parking, adding landscaping and property signage. Repositioning spaces by subdividing building into bays ranging from 1,000 square feet to 10,000 square feet.

Phase Two

Began enhancing curb appeal of the back end of buildings being repositioned in phase 2.

Phase Three

Continued converting buildings into industrial bays and commercial space as market demands.

The Results

A hive of creative commerce

Norwood Space Center is a hive of creative commerce, where people and businesses can thrive in a community setting using shared workspace, self­storage, event and warehouse space.

Phase one of the project was completed in April 2017 and includes a new, 66,000 ­square ­foot Planet Self Storage facility among a mix of flexible space for events, retail, shared work and warehousing.