Construction could begin this fall on five new townhouse units at MLK and Norman. The three-story townhouses will be built on the lot of a home that was damaged in a fire and demolished.
The project at 918 MLK Jr Way S has been floating around for several years, often held up by financing issues. But now builder Mark Huber and architects at the Novion Group are ready to move forward. If all goes according to plan, developers hope to get the permits squared way soon and could begin construction as early as September. Construction will likely last six months.
Description from the design review documents:
The proposed project at 918 M.L.K. Jr Way South is to construct one new residential structures, one fiveplex, for a total of 5 new townhouse units with four new parking stalls. Each structure will be less than 40’ tall and will be built on the property, currently vacant except for the vandalized, overgrown and deteriorating partial remains of a fire damaged multifamily structures concrete foundation.
The parcel is bounded by Martin Luther King Jr Way S to the west, a three unit apartment building to the north, a 5 unit multifamily structure to the south and a duplex residential structure to the east. Martin Luther King Jr Way S is classified as a minor arterial street with regular transit service and on-street parking. The topography of the site is sloped, with an 18’ drop in height from the east property line to the west on MLK Jr Way S.
The neighborhood is made up of a mix of old and new single family residences , apartment buildings, condominium buildings, townhouse structures, churches commercial office building and a nursing home w/ mini day care. There are three lots directly across from the subject property that are currently constructing 6 townhouse structures (duplexes and triplexes) for a total of 14 new units. A building permit for a new single family residence was just issued on 3/14/2012 for the lot to the north of the three being developed as townhouses.
Here is a recent design review document with more details: