It’s a “go” for another massive Pike/Pine apartment project that will combine 250 units and 12,000 square feet of commercial space with a preservation effort to recreate the look and feel of the auto row-era buildings currently standing on E Union between 10th and 11th.
Wednesday night’s design review session — the fourth for the project in a process designed to require two — ended with a final blessing for the project. But there is one more community-friendly requirement being asked of developer Alliance Realty Partners before they begin construction of the Broadstone Capitol Hill project — lose the hardiboard. At least at lower levels near the street, the board asked Alliance Wednesday to make plans to use the more expensive, more durable ceraclad finish on their project’s nether regions.
The project won support of the Pike Pine Urban Neighborhood Council though concerns remain about the level of quality for some finishing elements like the siding and planned balconies as the developer must balance the extra costs of preservation with the project’s total budget. Mike Meckling, an owner of Neumos and other property in the Pike/Pine core, also spoke at Wednesday night’s session to express his continued concern that the building be built to provide residents with strong noise abatement features for as-quiet-as-possible existence within earshot of the busy nightlife district. Though it was outside of the design review’s purview, Meckling also made the wise suggestion that the building’s developer be clear in its marketing of the 250 apartment units that the building is, indeed, part of a noisy, active neighborhood. We’re looking forward to seeing those ads.
We reached out to representatives for Alliance to find out about plans for the start of construction on another significant project in the area but have not yet heard back.