New Development at 8th and High Moving Forward
A plan to build a six-story mixed-use development at the corner of West Eighth Avenue and North High Street will be moving forward after receiving a vote of approval from the University Impact Review Board.
The vote took place last week at a virtual meeting of the board. It was the second time the panel had weighed in on the project, having given preliminary feedback during a meeting last November.
The new building will hold 143 apartments on the upper floors and feature a ground level containing a 1,375 square foot retail space, a leasing office, and a fitness center. Access to the building’s two-story, 123-space parking garage will be from North Wall Street.
Currently occupying the site is the former Cousins Army-Navy store and its parking lot, Lucky’s Stout House, and two small apartment buildings.
Architect Joe Sullivan explained to the board that the new design was similar to the one they had seen last fall, with the primary changes being related to materials.
“We’re proposing that the exterior is now all metal,” he said. “The color will change depending on how the sun hits it…we think this is going to reinforce the sense of movement and the sparkle that we wanted.”
Board members were supportive of the changes and voted to approve a Certificate of Appropriateness for the project.
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