After a two week delay, a developer’s request to demolish a building to make way for the new Oak Lofts condo and gym complex were finally approved, clearing the way for the proposed development to begin construction.
The four-story Oak Lofts condo project will replace the Amann & Associates building currently on the property, midway between Leonidas and Joliet streets after a vote of 8-0 by the Neighborhood Conservation District Committee.
The Uptown Messenger Reports:
Because of its location in a historic neighborhood, the request to remove the landscaping office requires the approval of the Neighborhood Conservation District Committee. Architect Charles Neyrey told the panel last week that the small office building to be demolished is around 20 years old.
Committee members, however, were more concerned with the height of the new structure, questioning how it would fit into the streetscape on Oak. The developers of Oak Lofts have already scaled back the mass of the proposed structure following numerous conversations with neighbors, recessing the fourth floor from the street so it will not be as visible from the street.
“We started the process many months ago,” Neyrey said. “We’ve had several meetings with all the neighbors, all the neighborhood associations, and they’ve all signed off on the project.”
Th Oak Street Lofts is a development proposed by George Fowler IV. The project calls for 4 stories, 22 condo units, and a 1600 square foot gym. The development got the go ahead from the neighbors back in Maydespite exceeding the 10,000 square foot development size.