With nearly every building in Capitol Park already being revived, there's only one place for new construction to go: UP. At Wednesday's HDC hearing, Bedrock representatives revealed an ambitious plan for a ten-story apartment building atop a parking lot in Capitol Park, demolishing a fire-grilled strip club in the process.
Demolition and conceptual plans for the building both won approval from the HDC. Expect Gilbert's people to make a more comprehensive announcement in the near future, but here's what we could glean from presentation:
· Designed by Kraemer Design Group, the building has between 150-175 new apartments. Some would have balconies.
· On the ground floor: Retail storefronts and a ZipCar station in the rear alley.
· A facade of mostly glass and light-colored brick.
· With all the apartments coming online in Cap Park, this is an expedited project. Best case scenario, said Bedrock reps, the building could be ready by Summer 2016 if construction begins in the spring.
· Turns out, that strip club was a former carriage factory from 1873, making it one of the oldest buildings in Capitol Park. Bedrock currently has it under contract. Unfortunately, little of the building's historic appearance is still intact (all the exterior detailing is pretty new) and the last year's fire made restoration prohibitively costly. Down she goes.
UPDATE (5:55PM): The official confirmation from Bedrock has arrived with clearer renderings but no additional info. We're told to expect details in "coming weeks and months."
The building site [Bedrock]
The Grind smolders in 2014 [Chris and Michelle Gerard]
· New Building Pitched For Capitol Park Would Demolish Charred Strip Club [Curbed]