On the northeast corner of James Avenue and West Lake Street, CPM Development is proposing to construct a four-story office building with four residential condo units. The project team, which also includes Uptown-based Peterssen/Keller Architecture, presented its concept at the EIRA neighborhood zoning committee meeting on July 16th.
The concept is to replace the existing three residential and retail properties (think Calhoun Rental) with a four-story building that has 4,000 SF of street-level commercial space, 7,000 SF of second-level office space, and two levels of housing above that house a total of four condo units. The ground level would also include 18 parking stalls accessed from the alley and enclosed within the building. Underground parking is not feasible due to the small footprint of the building.
Each condo unit would be approximately 1,800 SF (2BR + Den) and have a patio or deck. The upper two floors would be stepped back from the lower floors with emphasis on stepping back more from the north and east, though all edges would be stepped back. The lower floors would have a +/- 24′ brick base, which is approximately the height of the bottom of the pitched roof at Barbette down the block. The top of the building would be approximately 45′ to 50′.
Peterssen/Keller Architecture is considering moving into the street level commercial space.
Residents attending the meetings shared back their initial reactions to the plans. There were lots of questions on how stormwater would be managed, whether groundwater would be impacted, whether architectural lighting would spill onto neighboring properties, where and how would HVAC equipment impact neighbors, whether the project would unreasonably shadow neighbors, etc. Several people thought the project had nice architecture and was fitting with the Uptown Small Area Plan. Another person or two didn’t like the contemporary design.
The project team will be going back to EIRA in August or September to request a vote of support on the project.