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Thought this deserved its own thread.  At their meeting this evening, the DRB gave preliminary approval to this project.  It will be part of the My Niche brand, and it's designed by FMK Architects (Lat Purser has used them on other projects).  The building is planned as 132 units, 3-floors on Kennedy and 4-floors on Union (due to site slope), and will have stoop entrances for all ground-floor units.  The parking going toward the Henry corner isn't ideal, but focusing on the Kennedy corner is the right move.  All-in-all, it looks like a solid development.  If all goes well, they hope to start construction by May 2021.  Screenshots from Zoom:

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4 hours ago, Spartanburg Dude said:

Awesome, this will be a big help to an area of downtown that well... needs some help! Looking forward to seeing this rise!

Agree.  This project could be the catalyst that helps revitalize the Union Street corridor and improve an ugly vacant and oddly shaped lot.  

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very much lookign forward to seeing this happen and to see the growth of multi family units in downtown. With the increase, I am hoping to see some of the prices drop a bit as the current pricing is a bit steep. 

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Here's the DRB packet for Tuesday's request for final approval.  Some slight changes of colors and more details on cladding materials.  The City's consultant recommends approval.  We'll see how the meeting goes.  Some updated screenshots:

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The DRB granted final approval to this project tonight.  Looking forward to this one starting construction this spring/summer!

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The street level could be A LOT better (ground floor units need to be at ground level), but overall it's not bad. I think apartments will do well in downtown. I also think that once these are full it will demonstrate a much stronger market for downtown living that will result in more momentum in terms of apartment construction. That, in turn, will make the existing condos more viable in the long run.

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10 minutes ago, Spartan said:

The street level could be A LOT better (ground floor units need to be at ground level), but overall it's not bad. I think apartments will do well in downtown. I also think that once these are full it will demonstrate a much stronger market for downtown living that will result in more momentum in terms of apartment construction. That, in turn, will make the existing condos more viable in the long run.

The Urban Code actually requires elevation (2 feet min) for ground-floor residential entrances (stoops).  I agree that momentum is building for downtown living.

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On 3/3/2021 at 10:25 PM, westsider28 said:

The Urban Code actually requires elevation (2 feet min) for ground-floor residential entrances (stoops).  I agree that momentum is building for downtown living.

I am fully in favor of stoops, and I'm glad to see that the bottom floor has street access from each unit. I was looking at the first 2-3 renderings in that series you posted on Monday, and the walls are what jump out at me. The corner feels like a giant wall and what I assume is the Union St elevation feels like the wall gets a bit tall on the right side. IMO just feels like the whole back end could drop about 3-5 ft vertically and it would still work. Or you could raise it 2-3 feet and add a ground level on that end.

Oh, and what's up with that detention pond? Not a fan of that. I support green infrastructure and protecting watersheds, but detention ponds feel very suburban to me.

I realize it seems like I'm just complaining. I really do like this project, overall.

 

 

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4 hours ago, Spartan said:

I am fully in favor of stoops, and I'm glad to see that the bottom floor has street access from each unit. I was looking at the first 2-3 renderings in that series you posted on Monday, and the walls are what jump out at me. The corner feels like a giant wall and what I assume is the Union St elevation feels like the wall gets a bit tall on the right side. IMO just feels like the whole back end could drop about 3-5 ft vertically and it would still work. Or you could raise it 2-3 feet and add a ground level on that end.

Oh, and what's up with that detention pond? Not a fan of that. I support green infrastructure and protecting watersheds, but detention ponds feel very suburban to me.

I realize it seems like I'm just complaining. I really do like this project, overall.

Yeah, the wall at the Union-Kennedy corner does seem a bit tall.  It's tricky to get all parts of the building to work well when there are elevation changes.

As for the detention pond, I think the City needs to reevaluate their stormwater regulations, because I agree that it hinders good urbanism.  I get that the ponds reduce flow into the sewer system during heavy rain events and help filter the water, but I feel like I don't see them in any other city.  Maybe permeable pavement or several smaller bioswales could be an alternative.

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16 hours ago, westsider28 said:

Yeah, the wall at the Union-Kennedy corner does seem a bit tall.  It's tricky to get all parts of the building to work well when there are elevation changes.

As for the detention pond, I think the City needs to reevaluate their stormwater regulations, because I agree that it hinders good urbanism.  I get that the ponds reduce flow into the sewer system during heavy rain events and help filter the water, but I feel like I don't see them in any other city.  Maybe permeable pavement or several smaller bioswales could be an alternative.

True. It comes with the territory with larger footprint buildings. This is a great example of where good urbanism runs into the obstacles of suburban development regulations.

 

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