The long-vacant lot at 13th and South streets could see two four-story buildings with a total of 21 condos, 3,000 square feet of retail and 18 parking spaces, one facing South and the other fronting Kater Street
The developer presented the proposal last night at a Hawthorne Empowerment Coalition meeting. Neighbors were mostly in support of the plan, though some expressed concerns that the design by the architect, Interface Studio, didn’t fit in with the neighborhood, according to meeting attendees who filled us in.
The retail space is expected to be leased as one, two, or three spaces depending on the tenant. The units – some with private “elevettes” – would be priced from $370k to $690K.
The buildings, just shy of 50 feet, would need several variances, including to allow it to rise past the 38-foot limit in the residential zoning code. To put it in context, these buildings would be taller than the existing residential building at the corner of 13th and Bainbridge, but not as tall as the newer residential building next to it.
Several people who attended said they were glad that something was being done with the vacant lot, and appreciated that it would have both commercial and residential components. Some questioned the design of the building, mainly that it looked out of place. One resident said that “to use a jazz analogy,” you can have different people riff off of the same song and it doesn’t sound exactly the same, “but here it looks like you’re not even playing the same song.”
“I like bricks,” said another.
Interface’s Brian Phillips responded that he loves old brick row homes, but doesn’t see South Street as a continuous row of old brick row homes. It’s very eclectic, with the mosaics of Isaiah Zagar and the varied storefronts. He said they wanted to draw from the energy of South St, but also add to it. The developer’s lawyer said that they were willing to discuss the aesthetics with residents now and throughout the process, but didn’t want to make something that was an imitation of an older style of architecture.
So, what do you think?