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New Plan for Downtown Lot Calls for Eight-Story Building

Brent Warren Brent Warren New Plan for Downtown Lot Calls for Eight-Story BuildingThe proposed building on Grant Avenue. Renderings by Architectural Alliance.
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A plan to renovate a three-story office building and construct apartments behind it will get another look from the Downtown Commission this month.

The new proposal calls for an eight-story apartment building along North Grant Avenue, to be constructed on the surface parking lot behind the existing building at 366 E. Broad St.

The new building would hold 100 apartments above a three-level, 128-space parking garage, while the renovated building would contain 14 residential units and 5,800 square feet of office space, in addition to amenity space and a corner retail space on the ground floor.

The historic lobby in the building would be used by tenants of both buildings, which would be connected.

The previous proposal for the site, which was heard by the commission last December, called for an 11-story building with 153 apartments and an additional floor of parking.

Feedback from the commission at the time focused on the facade of the building at street level and how it could be altered to look less like a parking garage.

Brad Parish, of Architectural Alliance, told the commission then that the design team had looked at putting retail on the ground floor of the building but had determined there wasn’t enough space.

The project is being touted as a way to bring more workforce housing – middle-income units that are located close to job centers – to Downtown.

The submitted application packet said that the target rent for the apartments would be affordable for those making between 60 and 120 percent of the area median income.

The proposal will be heard by the Downtown Commission at its meeting on August 25.

The new building would sit just south of the Abigail apartments.
Wall-mounted lighting would illuminate the new building at night. The existing building sits at the corner of Broad and Grant.
An aerial view of the project and its surroundings.
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