Proposal Calls for 65 Apartments in Citizens Building at Gay and High
Edwards Companies has submitted plans to the Downtown Commission that call for a complete renovation of the Citizens Building at 51 North High Street. Many of the historic features of the building – such as the original two-story bank hall – would be restored, while the upper floors would be converted into 65 apartment units.
The plans also call for a ground-level restaurant space in the rear of the building (it would extend east from Wall Street and be accessed from Gay Street), along with a fitness center for residents and two retail storefronts on either side of the main lobby entrance on High Street. The lobby would lead to the restored bank hall space, which would be used as a common area for tenants.
Edwards received a $3.1 million state tax credit in December of last year to renovate the building, which was recently listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
A project description submitted in advance of the September 23rd commission meeting described the building as mostly empty, and stated that demand for office space in older buildings downtown has been light in recent years.
Site plans submitted to the commission show the footprint of a new building across Gay Street, currently the site of a surface parking lot. The plans also show an entrance to a tunnel in the basement of the Citizens Building, which would allow residents of the restored building to access a new parking garage across the street.
Edwards has declined to comment on the new-build, but preliminary renderings and compliance plans showed a seven-story apartment building with parking and ground-level retail.
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