RMF Group received approval from the Planning Commission on Monday, February 7, 2010, to construct two buildings totaling 198 apartment units on the Track 29 site on the north side of the Midtown Greenway between the Bryant Avenue and Aldrich Avenue. The two connected buildings would be constructed within two months of each other and would be approximately four stories with sections being five stories.
The building along the Midtown Greenway will house 103 units while the one along Bryant will contain 95 units. The buildings will be connected via a ground floor and below grade connection. The building will contain 240 parking spaces and one loading zone for smaller trucks. 108 bike parking spots will be provided. The project is planning on having at least two shared vehicles (like an Hour Car) for at least the residents to have access to. Access to the parking area will be off of the north side of the property on Bryant Avenue and connect to a Z-shaped alley that runs behind the existing townhomes and up onto Aldrich Avenue.
A public promenade that’s a little over 10 feet in width will line the south edge of the property (the north edge of the Midtown Greenway), which will connect to the existing promenade at the Midtown Lofts just across Bryant. The long term community vision is to have a promenade run along much of the north rim of the Midtown Greenway in the Uptown area.
The majority of the buildings will have a height of 64 feet. On the north edge of the property, the building will be set back 36 feet from the north property line to reduce potential impacts on the northern neighbors. The top floor will be set back an additional five feet. The buildings will have reflective roofs.
The project will also construct a 1,815 square foot outdoor play area for kids that will have a decorative fence and will be suitable for young children by including a spring toy, swing set, and a slide. In addition, the project is proposing an art water fountain at the top of the Bryant Avenue ramp to the Midtown Greenway. For those not exercising kids, the project is planning a 1,510 square foot pet exercise area.
The buildings were proposed to have durable materials like exterior materials like metal panels, cementitious siding, masonry, and glass, however the project also proposed synthetic stucco on the upper floors, a type of material that can often is viewed by Planning Departments and the public as less aesthetically pleasing. According to the staff report from the project, the material is not EIFS (the material on Block E), so it’s likely to be a more attractive type of synthetic stucco.
The Track 29 project was first approved in 2004 for 112 units but was approved in 2005 for up to 125 units, built in three phases with two phases of townhomes (27 units each) and a 71-unit loft building. But only a single phase of the townhomes were constructed.