Cedar-Isles-Dean Neighborhood Association is in discussions with Brickstone Partners concerning a new apartment project at 3100 West Lake Street. The project would be located on the north side of West Lake Street, south of Lake Calhoun Flats Apartments, between Calhoun Loop Condominiums and the Lake Point Tower. The developer would demolish the existing office building, formerly known as the Ministers Life Building, to make way for the project.
The property is zoned OR2, which limits building height to the lesser of 56 feet or 4 stories. The existing properties to the north and west of the site, which were not opposed by CIDNA when built in 2006, are 5 stories. The property is located entirely within the Shoreland Overlay District, which limits height to 35 feet. The developer can apply for conditional use permits to exceed these zoning height limits based on considerations such as shading and the character of the surrounding neighborhood.
Brickstone has presented 6-, 9-, and 13-story options for the community to consider. At this point, CIDNA has not favored any of these designs. CIDNA’s Land Use and Development Committee is vetting the project before submitting its recommendations to the neighborhood’s Board of Directors. CIDNA has not determined yet that any of the designs are acceptable, or consistent with the character of surrounding neighborhood. The neighborhood may request improvements.
6-Story: This option would have 226,703 gross square feet of floor area with 206 units (276 beds). The average unit size would be 863 square feet. There would be 1.27 parking stalls per unit. This building would be traditional “fabric” construction, built primarily with wood framing. There would be a small structure for a commons area totaling 639 square feet on the southeast corner of the roof.
Please see the plans and metrics for the 6-story option here.
9-Story: This option would have 213,360 gross square feet of floor area with 200 units (266 beds). The average unit size would be 846 square feet. There would be 1.14 parking stalls per unit. At least the tower portion of this building would be Type 1 construction, built with steel and concrete, resulting in high quality exterior and interior design.
Please see the plans and metrics for the 9-story option here.
13-Story: This option would have 223,298 gross square feet of floor area with 203 units (260 beds). The average unit would be 885 square feet. There would be .97 parking stalls per unit. This building would be Type 1 construction, built with steel and concrete, resulting in the highest quality exterior and interior design.
Please see the plans and metrics for the 13-story option here.
Public Input: All stakeholders and residents in the community are encouraged to comment on this project. The developer will give a brief presentation at the CIDNA Board Meeting at Jones Harrison Residence on Wednesday, December 14, about 6:30 p.m. No public comments will be taken at this meeting, but attendees can speak with developer representatives outside of the board meeting after the presentation. Residents adjacent to the project at Loop and Lake Point condominiums are encouraged to quickly contact their Homeowners Associations during the month of December. The CIDNA Land Use Committee will hold a public hearing about the project on Thursday, January 26 at 6:00 p.m. at the Jones Harrison Residence Lakeview Room. Public comments will be taken at this meeting. Public comments may be submitted at any time to Bob Corrick, Chair of the Land Use Committee, at firstname.lastname@example.org. The CIDNA Board of Directors may consider its formal position on this project, after taking recommendations from its Land Use Committee, on Wednesday, February 8, 6:00 p.m., Jones Harrison Residence Lakeview Room. Please see https://cidnalanduse.wordpress.com to submit comments and follow the project. Readers may sign up for general CIDNA email updates at http://www.cidna.org.