Developer Sean Cummings has new plans to develop luxury Bywater condos on Press Street, reports WDSU.
The plan calls for residences, artist studios, an urban farm, and retail space. In total, it will feature the conversion of two giant warehouses into 220 apartments, 1 – 3 bedrooms, lofts to townhouses and both market rate and “affordable” that average 1240 square feet. In a letter from Cummings’ firm Ekistics to neighborhood residents, Cummings outlined his vision for the project at 2940 Royal Street and 2941 Royal Street:
8 studios for master-craftspeople to make stuff
2 pocket parks, inspired by courtyards at Feelings, Café Amelie, Bacchanal, Satsuma and others locally, as well as a few in Casco Viejo Panama, Havana and Sicily
the interior street, named after our good neighbor and America’s first architect, Benjamin Latrobe, and inspired by a romantic artist colony in Italy
1 art gallery
2 neighborhood restaurants, 1 coffee shop and 2 bakeries
Street murals, painted and curated by artists Brandan Odumns and Damon Martin and inspired by Exhibit BE, the Arts District in Los Angeles and Museum of Public Art in Baton Rouge
Hobo Farms, literally an urban farm on the railroad
Wayne Troyer of Studio WTA is the architect. You can read the letter to neighbors here and check out the full slide show here.
Cummings wants to kick off construction February, with residents moving in November 2017. The next meeting is tonight at 6:00pm at 2940 Royal Street.
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