Last week, I had a chance to meet with Gary Hobbs and Wil Marquez, who are key figures behind the effort of transforming a former candy factory into a mixed-use building. Â Located to the east of Fall Creek along 38th Street, this looks to be an exciting project that will inject new life into the neighborhood.
The siteplan plans to take advantage of the building’s location next to the Fall Creek Trail and the State Fairgrounds. The building is located at the southeast corner of this aerial photo:
Some important details of the project include:
- Uses QAP tax credit dolars.
- Adding a 4th floor to the building.
- Interior and exterior restoration of Art Deco building.
- Planning on encouraging job training and leverage its proximity to the fairgrounds.
- A mix of affordable and market rate units.
- Green roof on the first floor section that can be accessed by residents.
- Encouraging health and wellness and include bike storage.
- New sidewalks
- Outlot commercial building along 38th Street is possible in the future.
Here are a few renderings that of the completed project. Â Note that construction permits have not yet been secured, but this should give a good idea of what is in store:
The site plan is linked hereÂ via pdf. Â The developer, Gary Hobbs fromÂ BWI, appears to be willing to listen to suggestions for making this project even better for the neighborhood from an urban planning perspective. Â I would love to see the sidewalk next to the building, and the parking lot a bit smaller, without the curb cut along 38th Street. And I believe there could be potential to add parallel parking along Orchard Avenue.
Regardless of any suggestions that may be taken into account, this project should be a major win for the neighborhood, and I will be happy to see this move forward.