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LC Proposes Five-Story Mixed-Use Project for Main and Front Downtown

Brent Warren Brent Warren LC Proposes Five-Story Mixed-Use Project for Main and Front DowntownRenderings provided by Lifestyle Communities.
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Lifestyle Communities has submitted plans for two adjoining five-story buildings at the northwest corner of Main and Front streets, a proposal that would add 117 apartment units to an area of Downtown that is already attracting plenty of interest from both developers and apartment-seekers.

Submitted renderings show a traditional design somewhat similar in style to LC’s other projects in the immediate neighborhood — the Annex at RiverSouth, which was completed in 2009, and the two taller buildings now going up on either side of Rich Street on South High Street.

The new proposal, which has been dubbed the Matan Project, would have one first-floor retail space and a lobby for residents. A 115-space parking garage would take up most of the ground floor as well as one level below grade.

The project would fill almost the entire block bordered by Main, Front, Ludlow and Cherry streets. Two buildings now stand on the 0.8-acre site – a narrow building that extends from Front to Ludlow that would be demolished under the submitted plan, and a three-story office building built in 1900 that would be preserved.

Chase Miller, LC’s Director of Development, expressed excitement for the potential of the project.

“It is exciting to see the RiverSouth district coming into its own and getting better every day,” he said, adding that, “it is important to us that the design is contextually relevant, while filling in the urban fabric amongst historic buildings.”

Borror Properties recently proposed a 75-unit apartment building for the southwest corner of Main and Front, while Casto’s Julian development sits directly across Front street from the site.

A preview of the building’s design was included in renderings released by LC last spring, when the developer announced plans to add height to the second tower at Rich and High. LC is seeking final approval for the project — skipping the customary conceptual review — from the Downtown Commission, which will discuss the proposal at its November 17th meeting.

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