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Concept Calls for 150 Residential Units at Barrett Site in Merion Village

Brent Warren Brent Warren Concept Calls for 150 Residential Units at Barrett Site in Merion Village
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According to a “first draft” concept presented by Homeport to the neighborhood last month, the old Barrett Middle School in Merion Village could be converted into a 50-unit apartment building, with another 100 new units built on the grounds of the former school.

After first unveiling the project at a neighborhood meeting in July, the community development organization came back with a plan that re-establishes the street grid and adds a mix of apartment buildings and two-story condo buildings.

Ethan Nielson of Homeport said that the plan for the site at this point is still very preliminary. They decided to share the initial renderings both at the meeting and on the project website in order to solicit reactions from the neighborhood.

“We wanted to provide additional opportunities for feedback,” said Nielson, “The plan could change substantially over the next few months.”

The plan as presented calls for demolishing the 1950′s-era addition to the school, putting four three-story buildings with eight units each at the corner of Deshler and Thurman Avenues, and building four rows of smaller condo buildings on the eastern half of the site. The condos would be similar in scale to surrounding single-family houses.

According to the minutes from the October 9th meeting, Homeport plans to meet or go beyond the 1.5 parking spaces per unit required by code, with a larger lot for the Barrett units placed behind the new apartment buildings.

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More information is available online at www.barrettredevelopment.com.

Renderings by Sullivan Bruck Architects.

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3 Responses to Concept Calls for 150 Residential Units at Barrett Site in Merion Village

  1. macro2012 November 21, 2013 11:13 am at 11:13 am

    I love that they are looking to restore the street grid through the project. That helps to make the development more walkable, while also meaning that their project can be seen on that many more sides so it’s good for the developer too, double win! I know it’s just concepts but the condo designs shown look very nice too, it won’t stick out in the neighborhood.

  2. Walker Evans
    Walker November 21, 2013 11:29 am at 11:29 am

    Agreed, this is a very solid plan for this site, so I hope it doesn’t change too drastically. Nice to have some greenspace tucked in the center, and the mix of apartments and condos at different sizes and designs will provide an array of options for new residents while still blending into the neighborhood.

    Great to see a new use coming to this old school building. It’s a very pretty piece of architecture tucked inside the neighborhood:

  3. Mattattack November 21, 2013 3:19 pm at 3:19 pm

    I Love to see that great building and its parking lot put to good use, but is anyone else mourning the loss of the baseball field? I see kids playing on it all the time.

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