developer may raze more State Street buildings for housing, commercial project | Local government

Last year, the developer shared preliminary plans that showed a two-story restaurant in the project with a second-story covered patio overlooking State Street, a mix of unit types, and a rooftop patio, said. Verveer. It is not known if, or how, these items are part of the current plans, he said.

“There is definitely a tendency to change the appearance of the street, especially in terms of increasing the height,” he said. “As a general rule, it would be appropriate to increase residential density in the 400 block of State Street. I am concerned about the loss of existing lower cost (residential) units and the relocation of long-standing local retail stores. . “

The proposal could reignite the conversation about the need for a historic State Street neighborhood, Verveer said.

Decades ago, an effort to designate Grand State Street as a National Register Historic District, which would have made landowners eligible for tax credits to preserve buildings and make improvements, began. withered after owners objected in part for fear the move would lead to a local historic designation that would have placed the buildings under the jurisdiction of the city’s Monuments Commission, he said.

Ald. Patrick Heck, 2nd arrondissement, now represents the site after the recent redistribution. He said he has yet to speak to the development team but is working to organize a neighborhood meeting later this month. “It seems likely that the proposed demolitions in particular will generate interest,” he said.

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