Lovers or architecture, design — and Lionel Pries — will gather Friday night for a party inside one of Capitol Hill developments where construction workers are still busy shaping the latest wave of neighborhood apartment buildings.
Hosting the ARCADE magazine issue 30.4 launch party will be the soon-to-be-completed addition to the historic Pries-designed BelRoy Apartments at, yes, the corner of Bellevue and Roy. From ARCADE’s Global More=Global Less issue:
“Less is the future. Less water. Less food. Less resources. Less consumption. Less of everything. Less equals a mandate for massive change now—the shift in values, in use, in stewardship and in the way we inhabit the world. This can be terrifying, but is change, and less, something to be feared? I don’t think so. …Change that integrates richness as a part of living with less can succeed.”
Making more out of less is a pat way to describe the project that developer Point32 has wrapped around the 1931 Modernist-style apartment building.
The restored BelRoy Apartments are joined by the addition of two new buildings that replaced five single family homes to the north and east. The change has doubled the capacity of the BelRoy to more than 100 units in the project. A snug 1,000 square feet of commercial space at the far north end faces Bellevue Ave in the shadow of a tall cedar tree that the project was able to work around and preserve. A “network of gardens” will wind its way around the new campus.
Thanks to a re-zone approved by the City Council in late 2010, one of the new BelRoy buildings will be six-stories tall. Along with its three-story partner, the new construction is another element of change on this end of Bellevue Ave. The neighborhood said goodbye, you might remember, to the old houses the project required demolished with this art exhibit in 2011.
Following Friday night’s party, Point32 has a busy few months ahead of it. The BelRoy leasing will open back up this fall with a planned January opening, CEO Chris Rogers tells us. Meanwhile, the “living building” Bullitt Center at 15th and Madison remains on pace for completion late this year.
With high demand on Capitol Hill and an amazing set of buildings as the product, Rogers said he doesn’t expect there will be many difficulties in filling the old nor the new BelRoy spaces.
“It was leased out for 80 years before this,” Rogers reminds.
One of those tenants, Rogers said, was him. Back at one point in the ’80s, you could find Rogers in unit B31.