Mixed-Use Apartment Building Proposed for Exile Space in Italian Village
Local developer Mulberry will be bringing a proposal to the Italian Village Commission this month to tear down the building containing the Exile Bar at 901 North Fourth Street. Preliminary plans call for replacing it with a five-story, 24-unit apartment building featuring ground-floor retail.
The fifth story of the building would be set back from the facade and not easily visible from Fourth Street, while parking would be provided in a 37-space parking lot behind the building.
Chad Seiber, Principal at Mulberry – the developer behind 25 Jeffrey Park, which recently broke ground on the east side of Fourth – said that he doesn’t take lightly the prospect of tearing down the building, or displacing Exile.
“They have a lot of loyal patrons, a big part of the community is invested in that bar,” he said, adding that he is currently in talks with the owner of Exile to relocate the business – either to one of his existing properties in the neighborhood or, eventually, back into the space on Fourth.
As for how the commission will react to the proposal, Seiber said he is confident they’ll agree that after many modifications, the existing building has little historic character left.
“I own a few properties north of this, beautiful Italianate buildings from the 1800’s, and I would never touch those,” he said, “but all of the historic value has been stripped from this building. I do anticipate, though, a four to six month process of working through the commission’s concerns and getting a design that everyone is happy with.”
Renderings of the proposal show a grocery store filling the entire first floor. Seiber said that that is definitely a “dream scenario,” but that the space could also be broken up into smaller storefronts. “We want to provide beneficial tenants for the neighborhood – there’s going to be a thousand people moving in across the street, and a real lack of nearby commercial businesses for them to patronize.”
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