The North Pointe adult community is a 74 unit moderate income rental community located on Washington Street, or Route 53, in Hanover, MA. Being located on a busy thoroughfare in this area presented several design challenges which contributed to the final design. The desire was to create several buildings that would break down the scale of an apartment building to something more familiar to those moving in. Being surrounded by car dealerships, a supermarket strip mall and other large building uses in the area, there had to be a balance struck with it’s immediate context as well. By using a collection of familiar components of an appropriate scale and providing opportunities through the complex to stop and meet with neighbors helps provide an easier transition for those moving from a house for the first time.