Construction to Start Soon on Fireproof Project in Short North
Elford Development is on track to start vertical construction by the end of this month on their Fireproof Building development at 1024 North High Street. The project, which was first announced in April of 2012 with construction scheduled for that fall, will feature 56 apartment units, ground level retail and a surface parking lot in the rear. The front portion of the existing Fireproof Building will be renovated, while a new building will be constructed next to it on what is now a parking lot and extend south along High Street to 2nd Avenue.
Michael Fitzpatrick of Elford gave a number of reasons for the delayed start, including the need to wait for the Fireproof Company to completely vacate the building and the time necessary to work out suggested changes with the the Italian Village Commission, which only meets monthly. The nature of the project, he added, required that they take their time to ensure they got it right; “development on this type of tight, urban site is very very complicated.”
He also explained that less-visible work has already started on the site, including removing an exterior veneer on the side of the existing building that contained asbestos.
“We’ve been actively working on the site over the last several months – we consider the ground already broken, even though you haven’t seen any vertical construction yet.”
Elford made changes to the original design this summer that include lowering a portion of the new building from five to four stories and reducing the number of apartment units from 58 to 56. These changes, which were approved by the commission in July, were precipitated by an issue with power lines and a request by the neighborhood to move some dumpsters that required taking out two parking spaces.
Fitzpatrick said that the changes also allowed them to add some smaller studio apartments to the floorplan – something they’ve noticed a demand for in their other projects.
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Renderings via Elford. Photos by Walker Evans.