Apartments Proposed for Unusual Campus-Area Site
An unusually-shaped parcel located behind the Gateway parking garage could be the site of the latest student housing project in the University District.
Buckeye Real Estate is hoping to put a three-story building on the long and skinny parcel (it measures 26 by 235 feet). Eight ground-floor garages would provide direct access to apartments above, which would have either one or two bedrooms. The units would look out onto the back yards and parking lots of existing residential buildings that face West Ninth and Eleventh avenues.
“We found what looks like a useless piece of ground, and took it to Campus Partners to see if we could buy it”, said Wayne Garland of Buckeye Real Estate. He made his remarks when the proposal was first brought to the University Area Review Board in June — it’s back before the board for a second conceptual review this month.
Garland added that his company is currently in contract to buy the parcel from Campus Partners and has until October to close.
UARB members generally reacted favorably to the initial proposal, making suggestions about materials and stressing the importance of providing safe pedestrian access to the building.
Visuals via Buckeye Real Estate.