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Six-Story Building Approved for Downtown Parking Lot

Brent Warren Brent Warren Six-Story Building Approved for Downtown Parking LotA view of the proposed building, with the existing Seneca building in the background. Renderings by Lupton Rausch and MKSK.
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A six-story apartment building with ground floor retail will be built at the northeast corner of Grant Avenue and Oak Street downtown.

The project, from the Pizzuti Companies, was approved by the Downtown Commission this morning after first being presented to the group in May. The building will hold a total of 145 apartment units, along with two commercial storefronts on Grant and an entrance lobby on the corner. A two-level interior parking garage will be accessed from the Capital Street side of the building.

The new building will join several others in the immediate area that are currently under construction, including the redevelopment of the Grant Oak Apartments across Oak Street (also a Pizzuti project), a 68-unit building that will overlook the Topiary Park, and a nine-story apartment building that has topped out at 330 E. Oak St.

“Our hope is (these projects) will make this a more active district, not just an eight-to-five area,” said Jonathan Riewald, Director of Development for the Pizzuti Companies.

David Goth, of Lupton Rausch Architecture + Interior Design, told the commission that a lot of thought had been given to the how the building interacted with the street from the pedestrian point of view. He said the building was set back from the street in places to allow for more landscaping and for small patios along Oak Street.

An image from the silent-movie-era, which is based on an existing mural on the side of 394 Oak St. that will be covered up by the new building, will be made out of a perforated metal material.

Update (10/24/19, 10:10 a.m.): additional renderings, provided by the Pizzuti Companies, were added to this story.

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