Three proposed city area developments came under close scrutiny when development teams presented plans’ to members of the city League of Active Neighbors.
Two of the projects are fairly far along: one at Oak and 9th Streets has already been the subject of a Planning Commission hearing on Monday, the other, at 6th and Maple Streets, received a negative declaration from the Planning Dept. The third project, proposed for 6th and Dogwood Streets, is in the early stages, and, at least as far as the Commission meeting is indicative, is likely to be the subject of the greatest controversy.
Slated for construction after the first of the year in the brick warehouse at 2001 Maple St. are 54 condominiums plus four live/work spaces. Developers indicate the conversion would not in any way alter the exterior of the brick building, which is not now considered seismically safe. The conversion would provide seismic reinforcement and remove pieces of the existing building to create an internal courtyard for the residential and live/work units.
Because the project is considered a Planned Unit Development (PUD), such an internal courtyard could meet the yard open space requirements, which are lower for u PUD than in some other developments.
Under Planning Commission requirements 10 percent of the units — five of them — will be sold below market rate: approximately $140,000 for a one bedroom unit and about $170,000 for two bedrooms. The other units are slated to sell for an average price of $230,000, with the highest going for $298,000.
The project’s developers had met previously with neighbors in the Lower city area, some of whom suggested some minor modifications that have subsequently been implemented. “I think the neighbors like this project,” Lower Mill resident and Executive Committee member Silvia Tate told the meeting. “I’m not that thrilled to have 100 new people coming into the neighborhood, but it’s a pretty nice project.”
Co-developer Richard Holland assured the meeting that the live/work units would be marketed to artists. “We wanted to give people we were marketing to the amenity of having a 19-foot ceiling and not having to worry if their next door neighbor would be operating a metal stamping machine all night,” he said.