While many proposed developments languish in the current economy, the one area where there’s some life is for public service agencies. One of the projects that is moving forward is the new mixed-use building on the Catholic Community Services property at 23rd & Main. The project is going up for its final design approval tomorrow at 6:30pm.
The project will replace the existing surface parking lot with a new 4-story building containing 51 affordable family apartments, 2,300 square feet of ground-floor retail space, and 71 interior parking spaces.
The retail space of the project will be along 23rd, north of a residential entrance. The side along Main includes office space and a community room. Vehicle access to the 2-floor parking garage is off of 24th, with a connection to a small strip of at-grade parking spaces next to the existing building on 23rd.
The project is seeking board approval for departures (aka variances) from development regulations for the east side of the building along 24th Ave. The Neighborhood Commercial zoning of the block requires there to be active entrances or commercial spaces at street level, but that side of the new building presents a largely blank wall of a parking garage. Unable to afford a fully underground parking garage, the architects propose to mitigate this with landscaping and a green wall.
Here’s some architectural renderings from the design proposal: