Altered plans for Elmwood Crossing
The project team behind the development of Elmwood Crossing are looking to change their master plan for the former Children’s Hospital campus. Ellicott Development and Sinatra & Co. Real Estate are asking City Council to amend the previously approved Elmwood Crossing PUD which sets development standards for the reuse project. The most significant changes would be the removal of plans for a large grocery store in a planned mixed-use building for W. Utica Street and the rehabilitation of a residence at 187 Bryant Street rather than demolishing it.
The first two phases of Elmwood Crossing, The Pardee in Elmwood in Bryant and the EduKids building on Hodge Avenue, have been completed. People Inc. is currently the old maternity building at 140 Hodge Avenue in 40 apartments. Future plans call for apartments, condominiums and townhouses; a hotel, shops and restaurants; health and wellness area; A gallery; office space; and site improvements, including trails and green spaces. It is anticipated that the mixed-use redevelopment project will re-use over 90% of the existing building space on the site.
From the project request:
The Elmwood Crossing PUD Amendment Application is intended to respond to changes to the proposed development over the past several years. More importantly, a larger grocery component is no longer feasible, resulting in the elimination of some of the previously requested waivers. Additionally, after discussions with the community, the plaintiffs have decided to maintain the main structure at 187 Bryant Street. After further evaluation, 187 Bryant Street was determined to be a viable structure for renovation and the community received strong community support for this home to remain, rather than be demolished. The green space that was to be located on this property was redesigned into a pocket park. Pocket Park is carefully designed based on multiple iterations of community feedback.
The development team details their future plans for the project:
188 West Utica (townhouses)
The proposed plan includes the construction of up to 20 townhouses for sale in three separate linear blocks. Each of the townhouses will be three stories high, in keeping with the scale of the surrounding neighborhood. The front elevation, with urban townhouse design elements, will feature an elevated main entrance for guests, while the rear elevation will feature resident access through a two-car garage with a private patio above. , accessible from the main living level on the 2nd floor. The exterior of the townhouses will feature large window openings and a mix of high quality materials such as stone and precast elements, as well as cement board cladding.
204 West Utica (mixed-use building)
This new four-story mixed-use infill building will be programmed for commercial use on the ground floor and on the site of a former grocery store and surface parking lot. The commercial size will be approximately 45,000 square feet with up to 60 residential units on the top floor, over three floors. The design concept will provide a residential vocabulary on its upper floors to complement the surrounding neighborhood, while meeting the needs of commercial tenants for dynamic main entrances and expansive ground floor glazing.
This building will include a pedestrian connection to the Gallagher parking ramp at 489 Elmwood Avenue. This building will create something new for the neighborhood, while respecting what currently exists. The upper residential floors will set back, softening the impact on the street and neighboring properties, and will communicate an accessible pedestrian feel. Although still a concept, the design intent is to create a modern infill with a mix of materials including glass, metal and fiber cement panels and wood elements to warm the look of the building.
Former MH and D Buildings on Hodge Avenue and Annex Building on Bryant Street (Apartments)
The former MH, C, D, and annex buildings date from the early 20th century, are eligible for historic tax credits, and are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. As such, there are limited exterior improvements that can be made given the requirement to comply with the applicable guidelines of the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Historic Preservation. During the process of converting these former hospital structures into residential apartments of up to 120 units, exterior work will be limited to repairing and replacing windows as required, repairing and repointing masonry, new features modem entrance, exterior signage and lighting, and other temporary installations. and landscaping.
Former Variety and Tanner towers, Alfiero and C building complex (mixed use)
The former Variety Tower, Tanner and Alfiero buildings will be redeveloped into a mix of uses. Much of what was known as Building Complex C will be demolished to create a new driveway and courtyard on the north side of the complex. The former Tanner Tower will include commercial space on the 1st and 2nd floors and up to sixty (60) residential apartments on the 3rd and 9th floors. Although limited in what can be done to alter the exterior of Tanner Tower, as the building is eligible for the historic tax credit, the exterior will receive a new look through signage, exterior lighting treatments, landscaping and other temporary items. Several architectural elements from the former Tanner Tower will be referenced in the redevelopment of the exterior of the former Variety Tower.
The former Variety Tower will include commercial space on the 1st and 2nd floors with the hotel reception, lobby, amenities and back office. The 3rd through 6th floors will include hotel rooms, the 7th floor will include a health and wellness space, and the 8th through 10th floors will include high-end residential condominiums. Unlike the former Tour Tanner, the exterior treatment of the former Tour des Variétés will be completely transformed. The volume of the new exterior will identify the three distinct uses of the building. Given the massing of the building, and taking advantage of the desire for residential terraces, recessed balconies were introduced at the south-west corner and along the south and north facades. This strategy lightens the top of the building, while providing space and spectacular views for residents.
The hotel room floors form the main body of the structure, where multi-dimensional cladding would be used and penetrated with horizontally oriented glazing and metal paneling, referencing the mid-century ribbon windows on the east and west elevations of the old Tanner Tower. The base of the old Variety Tower is composed of a two-story colonnade. These levels will engage the public as an entry and reception area. This space will be transformed to create an elevated intermediate space between the audience and the structure on the south elevation. The zone enhances the experience in the hotel and offers the possibility of a mix between activity at the level of pedestrians and occupants.
The old Alfiero building at the east end of the “main campus” will be redeveloped into commercial space. The building will be clad and modernized in concert with the former Variety Tower with an alternative color and material palette to visually separate it from the adjacent towers, giving it a stand-alone identity and entrance.
489 Elmwood Avenue – Gallagher Parking Ramp
The project will include improvements to the existing parking ramp.
The project team is also looking to allow Skyline signs on both the Variety Tower building and the parking ramp (below).