Latest Proposal for Oak Street Apartments Calls for Nine Stories
The Stonehenge Company has made some changes to their plans for 330 East Oak Street downtown. While the signature red exterior of their previous proposal remains, the building has grown by two stories, and two-bedroom units have been added to the unit mix.
The new proposal calls for 93 total units (24 two-bedroom units and 69 one-bedrooms), with 93 parking spaces in a garage that would take up most of the first, second and third floors. That’s a switch from the last iteration of the plans – submitted in April – in which two levels of parking were hidden below grade, with seven floors of apartments above.
Daniel Thomas, the city’s urban design manager who administers the Downtown Commission, said that commissioners at that meeting expressed concern about the expense of burying that much parking – especially with the stated goal of keeping apartments in the building affordable and geared toward students and workers in the immediate area.
The pedestrian entrance to the building would be located on the Capital Street side of the building, across from Capital Law School, while the entrance for cars into the garage would be on Oak Street. Also shown fronting Capital Street is a retail space labeled as a cafe on the site plan.
The three-story brick building that previously occupied the site was demolished over the summer. It was a former pharmaceuticals manufacturing facility that the commission eventually agreed – after multiple meetings – was not suitable for rehabilitation due to environmental contamination.
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Renderings by Jonathan Barnes Architecture and Design.