Newest Jeffrey Park Apartment Building Continues to Refine Design
The 219-unit Jeffrey Park apartment building first proposed in January returned to the Italian Village Commission tonight for a review of architectural changes. Many design elements were updated from the original proposal due to feedback from the commission, though the updates were not entirely well received.
“I think you’re losing some of the elements that make the building stand out,” said Italian Village Commission Member Josh Lapp. “I go by here on the highway often and this is what you’ll see, and I really wanted this to be somewhat of a landmark… I’m not sure I feel that way about it anymore.”
The development is planned to include a 265 two-level parking garage and 146 surface parking lot spaces that would serve both the apartment building as well as other current and future properties within the Jeffrey Park development. The parking garage would sit on the east side of the site, which is what would be the most visible building from Interstate 670 and the Fourth Street exit that feeds into the neighborhood.
Other commissioners echoed Lapp’s concern of the parking garage’s visibility from the highway and suggested higher screening walls, decorative elements or other ways to camouflage the upper level of parking.
“I like that you’re bringing art with the gear element,” Lapp stated to the Wagenbrenner representatives attending tonight’s meeting. “Same thing with the water tower mural. Also, what I liked originally about the ‘bank building’ was that it brought some change, but now it’s one large mass. It needs some sort of height change. I’m not feeling as good as I was feeling about this before.”
After further discussion of requested changes to the design, the commission voted to continue the application process following another round of revisions to be presented to the commission at a future meeting.
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